‘CRUX’, Buzzcut 2012, Glue Factory, Glasgow, image by Julia Bauer.
Stephanie Elaine Black makes socially engaged and political live art. She often uses
her own body as a means of engaging, more generally, with the political and social
context of the female body. She explores female struggles with freewill in relation
to her own autobiography, and encourages audiences to ‘actively’ read and
explore her work.
Black uses a range of mediums and styles such as: fine art, sound, installation and
live performance. Durational work, repetition and ritual are also used to open a
dialogue with the audience. Her work often physically exhausts, challenges and
tests her body, while drawing on cross-cultural influences including –
religious, ritualistic and spiritual motifs.
Black’s work is visually engaging and immersive, playing with poetic though often
grotesque, subversive imagery. She uses research-based and process-led
techniques and is both informed and inspired by the history of contemporary art
and performance. A common strand in Black’s work looks at her identity and
perspective as a white, Western female raised in the Middle East.
Black is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland and recipient of the Athena Award from The National Review
of Live Art. She has previously collaborated with artist and
curator Rajni Shah and was recently mentored by New York/ Scottish
based artist Diane Torr for Arches Live 2014.
Black has performed across the world including: Month of Performance Art, Berlin; Rapid Pulse, Chicago and CREATurE Live Art, Lithuania.