In Reflection Paintings, Stephenson works the viewer and their surroundings into existing, original pieces – drawing attention to the screens that have become integral to how we now all view the world. In doing so, he again explores our relationship with art, making us once removed from it and reminding us of our own existence.
In Internet Paintings, Stephenson recreates well-known works, as seen through platforms such as Google Arts & Culture’s virtual tours. Producing ‘distorted’ versions of the originals, he highlights our capacity to accept and adapt to new technologies – often without realising what is being asked of us, or how this influences the way we look at life.
Through these bodies of work, Stephenson interrogates the effect that the media through which we experience art, change our relationship with it and warp the presumed intentions of the original artist. However, Stephenson’s pieces are not intended as critiques, rather he presents them as collaborative iterations of ever-evolving works of art, believing, as Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned”.