Student stories: Stefan Schaffeld
Congratulations to OCA student Stefan Schaffeld who was recently shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2020.
Chosen out of more than 3,856 artworks entered by over 1,672 artists, the shortlist includes 30 artists from South Korea, India, Netherlands, Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, Pakistan, Austria, USA, Japan, Italy, and the UK working across a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, photography and digital media.
The Prize continues to build its focus on supporting diversity in the visual arts. Prevalent themes in this year’s 30 shortlisted artists are representative of the wider idea’s entrants were exploring through their submissions and include climate change, gender politics, mental health, civil rights and cultural history.
Visit https://www.artprize.co.uk/shortlist-2020.html to find out more about the prize and shortlist.
Stefan’s practice responds to social and cultural expectations that result in a destabilised Self. His current body of work raises questions about the superficiality of beauty and the desire to seek meaning in relation to our body and skin. Through physical processes of material transformation, he explores how vulnerability and fragmentation are deliberately censored from our images, and how folds and invisible marks are flattened out. His practice is informed by his experience of a mental crisis that precipitated persisting feelings of vulnerability and fragmentation. His shortlisted artwork: Sculptural Skin can be seen below;