Steven G. Bonfield
“I make interactive paintings and sculptures filled with or covered by writing.
My work fuses contemporary poetics, fine art and design in order to create objects that do not simply have poems printed onto them or placed inside them but whose physical characteristics are indivisible from the poem. Whether wall-based or free-standing, each piece is made to be touched as well as seen and read.
Originally from Bridgend in South Wales, I moved to Devon to study Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts, graduating in 2004 with First class Hons. My early education was blighted by Dyslexia to such an extent that on entering senior school I could not reliably write my own name. This early experience of difficulty, uncertainty and failure continues to inform my practice and out of it I have created a distinctive hybrid art form.
Moveable Poems are interactive pieces, in which tessellating tiles may be moved in terms of their orientation and position by the viewer. This enables endless revision of the textual and visual results of the work and thus destabilizes the relationship between the author/artist of a work and its viewer. These works are a collaboration in meaning making.
Into this piece I have written my own experiences of Exeter Cathedral and the questions an edifice like this excites in me, about faith, longevity and our very human attempts to solidify textual (or even ultimate) meaning in stone.
Given the collaborative nature of the work, the details of my experiences and thoughts will not be recoverable by its reader; instead I hope that engagement with the piece will promote reflection on similar or at least intersecting topics.”
For more information about Steven’s art please go to: www.stevengbonfield.com