‘CRUX’, Buzzcut 2012, Glue Factory, Glasgow, image by Julia Bauer.

Black currently attends The Glasgow School of Art – MLitt (Performance Pathway) programme. 

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.

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