Influenced by the 1960's Conceptual Art movement and John Baldessari’s Information Paintings, artist Gemma Stephens demonstrates how fashion is the subject and not necessarily the outcome.
Often than not, fashion creates unattainable images of beauty, manipulating our ideas of luxury and our need for desire. Rejecting this through a series of descriptions is Bristol-based artist Gemma Stephens. Challenging the traditional boundaries of perception of an image, Stephens removes it entirely, interrogating our relationship between reality and fantasy. Her pieces allow us to hold our own unique critique of the fashion rather than the being offered the “fashion” itself.
"I'm interested in the truth of fashion and what lies beneath. Fashion imagery isn't real because we expect that through the use of techniques such as lighting and photographic manipulation, an ideal and artificial image is formed." - Gemma Stephens.
Gemma is part of artist collective, CHAMP and has a studio within Ringside Studios. Explore more of Gemma's work here.