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About

Stephanie Wilson is an artist making; clothing, sculpture, video and installation-based work, living and working in Edinburgh, UK. 

Combining image, objects, fabrics, video and sculpture her practice generates chimera-like forms. Articulating and reflecting a restless sense of mutating materiality and fleeting tangibility symptomatic of our increasingly digitally facilitated interactions.

 

Incorporating biological shapes with high-tech display and advertisement aesthetics, she re-contextualises and re-appropriates the desiring lure of seductive surfaces to scratch at, and reveal the skin below. Stuck in a fragile state of existence, her works leak and bleed into one another, exposing the porous reality of the blemish-free boundaries, which project and define unachievable ideals upon permeable ‘bodies’.

 

Rendered through these hybrid assemblages her works maintain a sense of presence and absence; bodies, screens, fabric and flesh are all flattened out. 

 

Void of their volume they are free to perform constant tonal shifts exposing the gaps between physical intimacies and conceptual distances.

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S-E-W-N

An extension of an artistic practice, S-E-W-N is a design brand created by Stephanie Wilson, featuring wearable pieces of art.

 

Using a combination of recycled ‘deadstock’ items and handmade items created from scratch, designs are created by combining them with various printing techniques and sculptural tailoring to create statement pieces and collections which comment upon social issues.

(Including distortive body ideals, gender concepts, disability, gender inequality, mental health, etc).

 

Recent projects have focused upon adaptive clothing for disabled customers and non-gendered designs which feature tailoring and designs to help flatter all body shapes and biological features (which may otherwise cause distress, discomfort or concern - please note these designs are NOT intended to 'hide' but embrace and enhance the bodies they clothe and empower those that wear them).

CV

Upcoming 2021/2022:

 

 

(Postponed due to Covid-19) 2022, Looking For You, Project Rooms, Glasgow. 

2021, OOSOOM Exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh, (and Digital exhibition online).

 

 

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions:

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​2021, 'Streaming: Collective Conversations', Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

2021, Nova Express, [Magazine], (Creative Scotland).

2020-2021, ‘Christmas Commission’, Preston Harris Museum & Gallery.

2020, [Online], Chiaya Art Award Online Exhibition.

 

2019, Ocean Terminal Window Shop Display, Edinburgh.

2019, PORTA FashionABLE Fashion Show, workshops and fashion shoot with Angel Sinclaire (Models of Diversity) and James Alexander Lyons, (Lyon Photography), HandUp Events, FashionABLE and Ocean Terminal.

2019, [magazine], Art of Reality: The distortion of body image online, Ink Bloom Magazine.

2019, OOSOOM, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

2019, Out of Sight Out of Mind, Central Library, Edinburgh.

2019, ‘Exorcise’, Baselight Gallery, Liverpool.

2019, Slugs + Snails, West Barns Arts, Dunbar.

2019, Tragicom (in ||| Acts) Patriothall Gallery.

2019, ‘Hanger’, FruitMarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

2019, Alight, Visual Art Scotland (VAS), Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh.

 

2018, fashionABLE Fashion Show, (Models of Diversity, UpMo, HandUp Events), Scottish Parliament Building, Hollyrood, Edinburgh. 

2018, Year of Youth; First Inclusive Fashion Week Launch, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.

2018, In The Gaps, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh.

2018, Out Of Sight Out Of Mind (OOSOOM), Central Library, Edinburgh.

2018, Out Of Sight Out Of Mind, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

[https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/8-14-october-2018/new-exhibition-aims-to-give-a-voice-to-people-with-lived-experience-of-mental-health-conditions/]

[http://www.thenational.scot/news/16965935.pictures-of-health-new-exhibition-on-mental-health/].

2018, 'Micro', Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.

2018,’#GOALS’, Baselight Gallery, Liverpool.

2018, ‘Renue’, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Summer Festival Exhibition. 

2018, ‘Monolithic Fallacy’, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Summer Festival Exhibition. 
2018, (between 14th-15th of June) HOPE, Engaru, Hokkaido, Japan

2018, (16th June) Maruseppu Art Residency, Maruseppu, Hokkaido, Japan

2018, (19th June) RAT HOLE GALLERY,Tokyo (selected showreel of works)

2018, (20th July: date to be fixed) EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh.

2018, (22nd June- 6th July), 'Given Half a Chance, Edinburgh Palette.

2018, 'Go Professional' ECA Degree show 2018.

2018, 'Muscle Fibre' ECA Degree show 2018.

2018,  ECA X3 Large Scale Scaffolding banner building installation.

2018, 'Where is God in the 21st Century World', [Book] < book >

2018, ‘Where is God in the 21st Century’, Chiaya Arts Award, Oxo Gallery, London.

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2018, Fe/Male, Air Gallery, Altritcham.
2018, Terror & Beauty: Artist Responses to John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.
 

2017, Arbetskraft, N.E.S. Building, Edinburgh.
2017, ‘Hand Jobs’ (Jumper Performance’s): Apple Stores; Manchester, Liverpool One, Edinburgh, Glasgow.
2017 ‘'Fans, Vampires, Trolls, Masters Interim 2017' - Talbot Rice Gallery - May 2017).

[Documentation available at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/talbot-rice/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/fans-vampires-trolls-masters-interim-showhttps://www.facebook.com/talbotricegallery/videos/1336366799782341/].

2017, Canvas, Identity Issue 4, [Available at: https://issuu.com/canvaseca/docs/canvas4withoutbleed
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUMjYOGlsNO/?taken-by=canvasedinburgh]

2017, ‘Ribbed; for your viewing pleasure’, Issue:01 Zine.

2017, ViA Festival, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh
2017, The Grey People Inaugural show, ECA Sculpture Court, Edinburgh.
2017 Bookmarks ECA Artists Book & Zine Fair, Edinburgh.
2017, March, [online] featured in exhibition on [www.isthisitisthisit.com], titled ‘url 2 irl url’.
2017, March, Double Yolk ‘print out exhibition’.


2016, Bring your own wall, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art.
2016, “Annuale”, Embassy Gallery members show, Edinburgh.
2016 RAZZMATAZZ, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh.
2016, (26th May - 5th June) Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art. 

2016, (6th June) mention in The Scotsman [Available at:http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/art/art-review-eca-degree-show-2016-1-4146873?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed].
2016, (17th May) mention in The Skinny [ Available at: //http://www.theskinny.co.uk/art/emerging-artists/eca-degree-show-2016-intermedia]

2016, (20th April) Dust of Everyday Life Talk, Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, CCA Glasgow.  [Podcast available here: https://soundcloud.com/smhaff/dust-2016-out-of-sight-out-of-mind-visual-art-and-stigma].

2016, (2-3rd April) ESCAPE: Art is Free, West Barns Studios, West Barns (Dunbar).

2016, (15-18th February) Recognise me, {Solo show; Installation}, Trinity Apse, (Edinburgh) - Also featured as part of ESAF 2016 schedule.

2016, Yellerzine, Tactility, [Available at://<{}>].

 

2015, Hot N' Busted, Soft-Box, Edinburgh.

2015, (26 October - 1 November): B is for body, The Guardian

2015, (24 April – 2 May): Low Risk Occupiers, St Margaret’s House

 

2014, (October): Touchy Feely, Soft Box, Edinburgh

2014, (October): A Letter In Mind, gallery@oxo, London

2014, (March): Sugarcube, Edinburgh College of Art


Other:

 

Owner/Designer of S_E_W_N; An extension of my artistic practice I use a combination of recycled ‘deadstock’ items and handmade items created from scratch and combine them with various printing techniques and sculptural tailoring to create statement pieces and collections which comment upon social issues. (Including distortive body issues, gender concepts, disability, gender inequality, mental health, etc). Recent projects have focused upon adaptive clothing for disabled customers and non-gendered designs which feature tailoring designed to help flatter biological features which may cause distress for those transitioning).

Founding member of Tragicom collective, (Successful exhibitions, support, and funding from; Hope Scott Trust, Thrive Edinburgh). 

(2019/20/21) Exhibition Assistant for CAPS Independent Advocacy, Collective Advocacy, OOSOOM Exhibition.

2019/2020, Creative Assistant, Impact Arts.

2018, Event Organiser and Curator, Given Half a Chance group show, St Margarete’s House, Edinburgh.
2017, Event founder, organizer & participating artist of ‘Via Festival’, various locations across Edinburgh (Successful funding application with Hope Scot Trust).
Founding member of RIB collective.

2016, (20th April) Dust of Everyday Life Talk, Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, CCA Glasgow.  [Podcast available here: https://soundcloud.com/smhaff/dust-2016-out-of-sight-out-of-mind-visual-art-and-stigma].

2015-2016 Révellion Publication, ‘Hello, I love you’ 2015, & ‘Hello, I love you two’ 2016.

 

 

Grants, Scholarships & Competitions:

 

2021, Thrive Arts Grant.

2020, Harris Gallery Christmas Commission.

2020, SANE Arts Award.

2019, Artist Grant, CAPS Independent Advocacy.

2018 Awarded the Marion Cameron Mackenzie Scholarship (PG).
2018, ECA X3 Large Scale Scaffolding banners, ECA Competition, Edinburgh.

2018 Chiaya Arts Award, Oxo Gallery, London.
2016 Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship.

 

 

Education:


2018 September, MA Contemporary Arts Practice, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. 
2016 Graduated First Class Honours, Intermedia Art, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.