Introducing MÓTI Artists and Designers | Stephanie Spence
Artist Stephanie Spence (BA Hons Fine Art Textiles at Orkney College UHI) has lived in Orkney since birth. Her paintings and installations are inspired by the geometric forms found in architecture, and she often appropriates materials relating to construction in her work; including pen, pencil, MDF and emulsion paint.
Stephanie held her first solo show of paintings at The Old School House Gallery in St Margaret’s Hope and is preparing for another at The Loft Gallery (also in St Margaret’s Hope) which opens in March 2018. Exploring new places, particularly by walking, affords Stephanie the time to learn more about a place by seeing and feeling the atmosphere a space can allow. This has informed her more recent works, with influences coming from architecture in Belfast, Tenerife, Sweden, and Glasgow - alongside spaces more close to home.
Following her studies she has taken up a position as Visitor Services Assistant at The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness.
I am intrigued by architecture and the construction of buildings. Specifically, the space, lines and connections that create their form and individuality. Using photography and line drawing, this initial interest in line and colour can be developed through finding basic geometric shapes that emerge from a building, and by the unexpected colour palette which can be found in a building site. This process of stripping back detail emphasises the essential elements of line and colour; enabling me to present a personal perspective on modern and contemporary architecture – a viewpoint which underscores the characteristics of building blocks and the playfulness of bright colour.
Stephanie’s work is currently on show as part of our exhibition ‘DRAWING ROUTES’ at the @pierartscentre , Stromness. The last day of the exhibition is this Saturday 10th March.
Follow Stephanie @stephaniespenceartist