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Photography, assemblage, mixed media, video, installation

“My practice investigates object arrangement as a site for engaging with the animacy of all matter, against a tendency to categorize and separate the animate and inanimate, the living and non-living. The still life is a vibrant thing: a multiplicity of active and fluid non-hierarchical elements in relation. Objects and arrangements, actualized through photography, assemblage, video, and installation, repeat and transform in different times and places, forcing an adjustment to their thingness, to human-object relations. To orientate oneself to a world of energetic materiality, opens up possibility. To propose such a view of vibrant things is to speculate on a world of animate elements: to reveal the un-stillness in the still life.”

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Stephen Severn is a queer interdisciplinary artist whose practice provides a space for the exploration of human and object ontogeny. His process incorporates photography, assemblage, and installation to observe objects in states of becoming alongside human existence, where human-object relations intertwine and transform through time, space, and movement.
OCAD U - Graduate Studies
Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes and MFA)
Major In progress, 2022
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Visual Merchandising Arts
Major Completed, 2009

Still Life Photography Assemblage Stop-motion Object-creation Video

2022, Arranging Things
Remote Gallery, Toronto
2022, Fluid Things
OCADU, Toronto
2022, Solid Things
Window Gallery, Toronto
2021, Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
SSHRC - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council