Gemma Stephens is part of b-side's New Artists programme and has been selected to make new work for b-side festival 2022
Gemma Stephens is a multi-disciplinary artist predominantly working with moving-image. Inspired by abstract, conceptual art and structural film, she playfully explores the language of cinema by subverting the boundaries between representation and abstraction.
Gemma is interested in making structural films that make reference to abstract painting. Before cameras, there were paintings, and painting was representational. Abstract art overturned representation. Painters began to give the viewer an impression of a moment.
She likes to make work that looks like anybody easily could have done it, but has been carefully structured and planned. The work she produces is rooted in the everyday, with a focus on emphasising certain physical or social characteristics portrayed by the location.
Previous projects include directing a short film titled “Chelsea Supporter Enters Frame Left”, broadcast on Channel 4’s Random Acts series. Also directed the film “Taking Photographs of Pigeons”, which was on display at Bristol Art Gallery and Museum.
Gemma currently lives and works in Dorset, UK.