Mary Stephenson is a painter and sculpture living and working in Lisbon. Her work explores the staging and theatre within life and is constantly trying to construct and control ambitions, dreams and her imagination - to physically give them life. Stephenson is intrigued and conflicted by the link between our internalised hopes and expectations for our lives, and the reality of our existence through its staging. How closely can we ever come to recreating our idealised fantasies?
By creating larger than life paintings and 3D tableaus, Stephenson invites the audience to play and explore within her vibrant, conflicting, and sometimes darkly humorous playgrounds of her imagination. Using large-scale backdrops and surreal planes and props, Mary brings you into a conflicting and surreal projection of reality. With so much projection of self-image these days, what do we take for reality? Can it only truly exist in “private”?
She is fascinated in using movement and live events to explore multiple narratives and internal monologues in a mass performances. She aims to find moments of painterly composition in life size stages.