Saturday, 20 July 2019

Introducing Stephanie Croydon

Over 100 artists are taking part in The Tate Staff Biennale which will take place on the last week of August on Level 5 of Tate Modern. Over the next few weeks The Rebel Magazine will be chatting to some of the Tate staff who are showing their artwork. Today it's the turn of Stephanie Croydon
Where did you grow up and what kind of education did you receive? "I was born in South Yorkshire and lived there until I was 18. I went to a comprehensive school and stayed on into sixth form but I wasn’t encouraged to pursue art as a career. I then moved to Cornwall and went down a different career path for a few years. In my late 20’s I enrolled on an Art and Design access course and then studied Ba (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice with Plymouth University."
How long have you been working at the Tate and what's the best show you've seen there? "I have been working for Tate for just over 2 years. I loved Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern in 2012. Kusamas’ dedication to her practice and the immersive installation of dots in infinitely mirrored space was remarkable. I also really enjoyed ‘Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her writings’, Tate St Ives 2018. This exhibition showcased a variety of pieces by women from 1850 onwards, highlighting feminist perspectives and women’s suffrage.
What can you tell me about the work you're exhibiting in the Tate modern show? "I am exhibiting one landscape painting which is taken from a larger body of work called ‘Out West’, created with the starting point of looking in more depth at the ancient Cornish landscape. Evolving from my previous work; looking at how the world touches us on an emotional level, continually questioning our movement in the landscape. Places for quiet contemplation, where we can be still from the world."
How can people find out about your work - do you have a website or do Instagram? My website: here Instagram: here Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stephaniecroydon.art
What's the best thing about working at the Tate? "Everybody is lovely! I am continuously inspired to keep going with my own practice through the exhibitions, talks and resources I am lucky to have access to."
The Tate Staff Biennale will take place on Level 6 of the Blavatnik Building of Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

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