At the heart of Amy Stephens' practice is a concern with the reclamation of natural objects and the transferability of form via appropriation. Recent explorations are rooted within the structure's materiality, offering relationships between landscape, architecture and sculpture.
This year Stephens presents us with a stunning limited edition, especially commissioned for Cure3, Nature is Gold (edition of three); a bronze branch, perched on an electric blue, flocked cube. The artist has merged manmade materials and natural elements in order to challenge our perception of nature and the environment. Throughout her practice, Stephens repurposes materials and objects which she has reclaimed, an indication of her firm belief in preservation and longevity. By casting the branch in bronze, the material is reverenced, thus illustrating the importance of respecting nature. Stephens plays with notions of suspension and anchoring in the work to reflect the delicate balance of the ecosystem. In the artist's own words: "The cube highlights our relationship with the landscape, reminding us to be aware of our place within the natural world, to take responsibility and to be respectful"