Stephanie Sandercock | Alchemy

18th June 2022 - 17th July 2022

Private View: Friday 17th June
17:30 onwards, all welcome!

Highly textured paintings and 3D works on aluminium, rusted steel, wooden panel and canvas, using crushed limestone & marble plaster, acrylic with muscovite & biotite mica.

“I begin each new piece with a plan based on the form of the coastal rocks but sometimes other elements sneak in, like the ploughed fields, harbour wall, turning tide or shapes of the seaweed.

Creating textures with plaster is one of my favourite things and I like to layer paint and later sand it down to reveal surprising patterns. Using muscovite mica to reflect the light adds another magical element.

Like a mystery unravelling before my eyes the process takes me to unimagined places. There’s an aliveness that can’t be measured and this gives me a sense of playfulness, of freedom.

Art is a moving growing thing to explore and immerse myself in. I don’t know where it will lead but I am 100% engaged in the journey.”

Stephanie became a full member of The Penwith Society of Arts in 2022 and this exhibition marks her fourth solo show in the Studio Gallery.

Her work has been exhibited in London’s OXO Tower Chaiya Art Awards and she is represented by Thompson’s Galleries in London.


TIMES AND ECHO – DECEMBER 2018  ‘Godolphin To The Sea’

“Many will remember her first, Gwithian Rocks, held there two years ago, acclaimed at the time as a promising debut, the works in her current show more than fulfil that promise, and should not be missed.

In every sense this is an impressive show.

As appealing as it is accomplished.”

– Frank Ruhrmund.


TIMES AND ECHO – JULY 2022  ‘Alchemy’

“Her deep closeness to these rocks, particularly those along the shore at Gwithian, was such that she felt compelled to paint them, and so successfully it led her to being elected as a full member of the Penwith Society of Arts in St. Ives, earlier this year.

Her fourth solo show Alchemy now being held in the Studio Gallery within the Penwith Gallery. One of the meanings of the title she has given her solo show is ‘a miraculous transformation’, and although she doesn’t change the base metals she uses in her work into actual gold, she comes close to doing so.

It’s safe to add that most viewers will be happy to accompany her on her journey. From Wild Ideas and Tiger Iron to Evening Clarity and Magnetic Field her three-dimensional, semi-sculptural compositions are as accomplished and appealing as they are impressive and highly individual. Well worth a visit.”

– Frank Ruhrmund.