Fact from Fiction is an exhibition of work by Sheffield-based artist Stephen Todd at Cupola Gallery this autumn, aiming to draw us into stories both real and imagined.
Stephen Todd’s practice is rooted in narrative. Water is very much in evidence in Stephen’s images as source, storyteller and purveyor of history. He layers marks, colours and forms using gouache, indian ink, pastel and graphite to conjure images from Greek mythology as well as other histories and imaginings, onto the very real presence of the Humber estuary.
For Stephen, an artwork's title is a crucial starting point in navigating the work. Like the first line of a story, they are something that opens up all sorts of possibilities without defining them or closing them off. Some examples of his titles include: Air cover, Cold as fire, Days of anxiety, Fortress built by nature, Trying to understand.
“You don’t find meaning in looking into yourself alone, but in seeing yourself in the world around you: its past, present and future; and the relationships that surround you.“
Preview night: Friday 9 October, 6-9pm – by appointment only, please call 0114 285 2665 to reserve a time slot.
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