Art Seen is delighted to present the solo exhibition Nature knows only colours by the British artist Amy Stephens. The opening of the exhibition is on Friday, 12 November 2021 and will be attended by the artist.
“It is the best possible sign of a colour when nobody who sees it knows what to call it.”
John Ruskin, 1859
For her second solo exhibition at the gallery, Amy Stephens invites the viewer to consider how nature offers us a visual language and shapes the colours we see. Minerals and rocks from Cyprus are abundant throughout the exhibition. Pitted with pores and striated, their conflicting geological textures suddenly take naturally to each other as they are forced to adopt a new habitat. In this moment of transformation, a different energy and a new object emerges.
The abundance of any material can be a source of invisibility and therefore nature is often largely overlooked. These everyday artefacts are re-contextualised as objects of intrinsic worth against backdrops of vivid colour. A giant celadonite inhabits both a physical and psychological space. Set upon its modern pedestal, it inspires admiration for the rock itself but also suggests a bond between the natural and the constructed.
Multifarious from place to space, from form to symbolism, one entity is never a singular thing and objectivity turns subjective. From a series of suspended ephemeral photographic prints to abstract collages that capture Cypriot heritage sites, the artist is focused on new and changing narratives attached to notions of colour. By exploring the ideas of transferability and the importance of recognition, nature knows only colours for these terrestrial wonders.
*We would like to thank Valentinos Charalambous for his kind support. The artist currently uses these particular rocks for glazing his ceramic artworks and kindly offered a few of them to be part of Amy Stephens’ sculptures; Spyros Anastasiou for his incredible help; also, Ruth Keshishian for her continued support, research, and providing us with a selection of books and geological maps.
About the artist
Amy Stephens (b.1981 London)
MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK (2008) | BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Reading, UK (2005).
Recent solo exhibitions include: Land | Reland [Portland], Upfor Gallery, Portland. Oregon, US (2018); fig-futures, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2018); Retain, Reframe, Art Seen, Nicosia, Cyprus (2017); rock, paper, mountain, UV Estudios, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016); fig2 35/50, ICA London (2015).
Recent group exhibitions include: Psychotropics, New Art Centre, Roche Court, curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE (2020); Spotlight on Sculpture, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2020); Synergia, Museo Federico Silva, Mexico (2019); Skulturenpark, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria (2019); The Annotated Reader, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, curated by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P Watts (2019); non-binary, ksRoom, bei, Riegersburg, Austria, curated by Victoria Dejaco (2019); Parallel Lines: Sculpture and Drawing, Royal Society of Sculptors, Dora House, London, UK (2019).
Selected awards include fig-futures, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK with Art Fund, Arts Council England and Outset Contemporary Art Fund (2018); Artists’ International Development Award, Arts Council England and the British Council (2016); Villa Lena Artists’ Residency, Tuscany, Italy (2015); Triangle Network Award to Muscat, Oman with Gasworks Gallery, London, UK (2013); Irish Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Residency, Dublin, Ireland (2011); The Banff Centre, Artists’ Residency, Banff, Canada (2010).
Public Collections: Canary Wharf Group Collection, London; David Ross Foundation, London; Groucho Club Collection, London; Grundy Art Gallery Collection, Blackpool; Modern Forms Collection, London; Museo Federico Silva Collection, Mexico; Irish Office of Public Works State Collection, Dublin; Rothschild Collection, London, Soho House Group Collection, London; Mumbai Unilever Collection, London; Villa Lena Foundation, Tuscany; Zabludowicz Collection, London.
Amy Stephens | Nature knows only colours
Curator: Maria Stathi
Duration: 12.11.2021 > 17.12.2021
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 16:00 – 19:30 or any other day by appointment
Location 66B Makarios Avenue Cronos Court 1077 Nicosia
For additional information, please contact Maria Stathi at +357 22006624
[email protected] | www.art-seen.org
* Due to Covid-19 restrictions only a limited number of people can be present at any time inside the gallery space.
**Visitors should have a valid safe pass and must wear safe mask within the gallery at all times.