Stephens works reclaims objects and imagery from the native landscape. Predominantly intuitive, her assemblages range from wood, metal and Perspex, which are suggestive of urban living. Each material is carefully sourced, chosen and collected to create a precise balance and specific narrative.
Downstairs, mini hybrid totems support one another other accompanied by unframed polaroid’s that activate the very essence of the structure’s materiality. These artworks explore reductivist forms with industrial connotations played off against the natural wood and local imagery. A hint of the artist’s signature fluorescent tape is strategically positioned to hold each photograph in place, a comment on the unframed image, supported by materials often associated with framing.
Upstairs, a repeated image of ‘Petra tou Romiou’, also known as ‘Aphrodite's Rock’, is suspended from the ceiling outside the frame. A different hexagonal coloured form is present in each image making reference to the crystalline structure of the limestone rock. Each hexagon highlights the secret lives of colours in relation to the eight letters that make up the word Aphrodite.
Throughout the exhibition, there is an interesting movement from sculpture to architecture. As you walk around the objects, and neighbouring imagery, Architectural references shift from the classical to the present day. Photography plays a key role in the exhibition offering a window onto the world of exteriors. The boundary between Art and Architecture (Artitecture) is blurred with works sitting somewhere between the real and the imagined. Using both natural and city scape materials, a series of site specific ‘communicative landscapes’ have been created in the main space that retain and later reframe contemporary architecture.
Friday, 17 November 2017
The British High Commissioner Mr Matthew Kidd will inaugurate the exhibition on Friday, 17th of November at 7.30pm.