Approved: 11.09.2008

Stephanie Douet

Artist, Maker

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Approved: 11.09.2008

I am a sculptor and installation artist using a variety of means of making among which are assemblage, photography and collage, drawing and construction. The objects I have been making since 2001 encompass exploration of historical optics, WW2, contemporary chinoiserie.
'Real/Non-Real' is an ever-expanding process and collection of assemblages, performances, installations using my own sculptures,

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Artist Statement

I am a sculptor and installation artist using a variety of means of making among which are assemblage, photography and collage, drawing and construction. The objects I have been making since 2001 encompass exploration of historical optics, WW2, contemporary chinoiserie. 'Real/Non-Real' is an ever-expanding process and collection of assemblages, performances, installations using my own sculptures, found objects and visual effects that are arranged in different landscapes. Since 2001 I have been making a series of visual experiments, mediating the real world through simple means such as lenses, mirrors, paint and lights to produce complex and mind-altering landscapes. It began with my interest in the ingenious designs of camouflage in World War II that could disguise entire villages, airfields and harbours with little more than smoke and mirrors. This led me to look at historical optical instruments at the Museum of the History of Science, where a recent residency provided me with models and drawings that have been developed into a new body of work for my time at Modern Art Oxford. The shape of historic optical instruments has influenced the form of my sculptures and assemblages; there is something appealingly human in their proportion - barrel stomachs, lens eyes, brass arms, pincer fingers. The black and white palette is a reference to early photography, scientific diagrams, cartoonish plans and to literal truth - plus a nod to Vermeer, perhaps the most famous user of the camera obscura. I have also co-founded another ACE funded project on contemporary Chihnoiserie - 'Sinopticon', which included a symposium at V&A and an exhibition across venues in Plymouth. My making process itself is more reckless than scientific - improvising often at speed with assemblage, scale, collage, lighting and reflection and working towards the construction of a landscape of unexpected visual incidents.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2013 - Real/Non-Real, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford 2011 - Offcutter, The Queen of Hungary Project Space, Norfolk Curated projects 2013 - Couriers of Taste, Danson House, Bexley Heath 2012 - Sinopticon, Plymouth Museum, Saltram House, Plymouth 2008 - 'Contemporary Chinoiserie', Collyer Bristow Gallery, Bedford Row, London 2005 - Air Field, Seething Airfield, Seething, Suffolk Live/Performance 2011 - China Through the Looking Glass, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2005 - British Bulldog, Church Ale Festival for 'Home', Rishangles, Suffolk Artist talks 2013 - Real/Non-Real conversation with Professor Martin Kemp, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford Residencies 2013 - Real/Non-Real, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford 2013 - Real/Non-Real, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford