Steph Huang

Throughout 2021 as part of an international residency exchange programme with Arts Catalyst, Platform Asia and Taipei Artist Village (TAV) artist Steph Huang undertook artistic research into the ecologies of water in Taiwan and across the Southern coast of the UK.

Image courtesy Steph Huang

During her residency – between October and December 2021 – Steph Huang’s research focused on the environmental and economic challenges of aquaculture and fishing industries both in Taiwan and the UK. Her research initially focused on Taipei, Wanggong and Yunlin, where she explored local facilities connected to tourism, indoor prawn farming and oyster farming.

Gary the fisherman shucking oysters at London Fields Market. Image, Steph Huang

Huang engaged members of a number of fishing communities in Taiwan in conversations around the impact of such industries and on the effects of climate change on their livelihoods, as well as on the existing traditional knowledges around sustainable fishing.

Steph Huang in residence in Brixham. Image courtesy the artist.

Huang’s journey continued in the UK – in Sussex, Devon and London among the others – exploring similar concerns in conversation with fisherpeople and academics from the University of Sheffield.

You can delve into the artist’s visual and written notes from the journey by viewing a copy of this PDF below.

Steph Huang (b.1990, Taiwan), graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2021 where she studied Sculpture. Poetically charged, Steph’s work expresses autobiographical narratives through a process of layered storytelling. Rooted in the close observation of incidental details, the relationships objects have to each other, as well as in the eccentric moments in everyday life, her work attempts to examine something of the lives of modern human beings through mass produced objects. Often captured through her analogue camera, these moments become trigger-points for new ideas given form through assemblage. In this way, Steph’s sculptural works have a lyrical quality, one where the encounter is an invitation. 

Solo/ Group exhibitions include: Mother’s tankstation, London (2022); Salón ACME No. 9, Mexico City (2022); Beuys Open Source, Belmacz, London (2021); Displace, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK (2021); SupaStore Southside, Slingbacks and Sunshine, South London Gallery, London (2021); MA Sculpture 2021: Proxy, Cromwell Place, London (2021); 36th Annual Open Exhibition, Southwark Park Gallery, London (2020); I Missed My Prozac Dose under Public Fenestro, Filet, London (2020), Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Berlin and Denmark (2020); Artworks Project Space, London (2020); Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy, Lithuania (2020); Peak Gallery, London (2020); the Koppel Project, London (2019); Bolton museum, Bolton (2019); RawLabs, London (2019); Podium, Luxembourg (2019); Alte Handelsschule, Leipzig; Krudebude, Leipzig; Incheon Art Platform, Seoul; 4Cose, London; A.P.T Gallery, London (2018). 

Balance of Terror, 2022, Weathered brick, powder coated mild steel, rubber. Currently on show at Mother’s Tankstation until 9th April. Image courtesy Steph Huang.