|Artwork created prior to residency|
New Hartford, NY
Residency: January-February 2012
Based in New York, Sandra Stephens creates video and video installation works to explore issues related to cultural and individual identity. She has exhibited nationally, mainly in the New York and Central New York regions at such places like the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse and the Munson-Williams-Proctor-Arts-Institute in Utica, New York. Her work has also been shown internationally in various locations including Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Triennale di Milano in Milan, Centre de Cultura Contemporania in Barcelona and Atelier-Haus/Galerie ZeitZone in Berlin. Sandra teaches time arts at PrattMWP in Utica, NY, and has taught at Hunter College, FIT and SVA in Manhattan.
Sandra Stephens is a member of the recently formed 2×2 collective, four artists who met through NYFA’s MARK program. The collective finds common ground in their disparate uses of the figure at intersections of the social/political/personal.
They create objects, interactive and sculptural installations, video, and street performances. Their figures have agency, empower viewers as centers of process and experience, and co-opt them as complicit participants. We complicate and push against dichotomies and hierarchies: self/other, perpetrator/victim, rural/urban, black/white, family/stranger, performer/observer.
At Sculpture Space, 2X2 is developing a collaborative installation for Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, which we will install immediately following our residency. The show will run from March 10th to April 14th, 2012. (http://www.aferro.org)