Objects originate and evolve over time, even millennia, and yet ultimately return to what they came out of. ARCHAOS explores the duality of creation and decay. It’s about the evolutionary process, the evolving complexity and intricacy and sophistication of what is created, alongside the decay, destruction, dismantling, reduction of all things back to their origin.
Artist Ingrid Stephenson says: “I do what I do because I enjoy the process of making. I live close to the land and the sea and use what I find there. I like to look forensically at a found object – peel it back, identify what processes or treatment it has undergone; whether it has been hammered or worn. I like to see how things degrade. My subject-matter tends to be bleak because my materials include dead things, bone, metals, and things in the process of decaying. Sometimes there is a dark humour in decay.”
‘ARCHAOS II – the art of evolution’ will be exhibited at the Gallery on the Green from 7th July.
Sculptures and wall-hung works by Ingrid Stephenson relating to her installation ARCHAOS II will be exhibited at 6 Commercial Street, Settle, BD24 9HP on the weekend of 7th/8th July as part of the Three Peaks Arts Art Trail.