Artwork for Steffan Hadley BA(Hons), MA
Delphi Campbell Sculptures
Dendritic Show 2020
I have always been a lover of architecture and photography but I suffer with A.D.H.D., O.D.D. & Asperger’s syndrome which can make being a constantly creative person tricky which is why I work with miniatures. There is a real sense of freedom when it comes to crafting in such a small scale, its oddly relaxing which being tricky. I suppose as well I work with miniatures because I want to challenge peoples views on perspective and open their minds to the question of scale, what is too big and what is too small? or does size actually matter or let alone exist. Scale is a man made concept, perhaps in reality... it doesn't exist.
Also because I can get easily distracted by another idea. I can’t concentrate on just one project at a time; I tend to have up to 5 projects going at one time which can make time management a nightmare that is another reason why I work with miniatures as I find I can concentrate better on such a smaller scale than a larger one. But my disabilities also enabled me to be more pro-active towards my creative process, I don’t like to stop… I have to keep creating, I have to question everything.
Being an artist for me is the sense of freedom while also not being free; I feel the more I delve into my practice and try to find the answers I am looking for, the more questions I seem to have. A continuous loop of moments where the closer I get to the end; I find myself back at the beginning again and that for me is what being an artist means. We question everything and anything and translate that into materials that others can view and in turn create their own questions and processes that will then inspire a new generation of artists.
My name is Steffan Hadley and I am a multi-disciplinary artist who currently works with miniatures and photography and have been working with these current processes for the past 4 to 5 years. I don't like to work with one medium; I find the process too bland and dealing with miniatures not only allows me to work in different scales, it allows me to work with different materials, mediums to bring these creations to life. I find that I can become very bored very quickly if I don't have multiple projects going on as well, I like to keep my hands busy which is why I class myself a multi-disciplinary artist, and also because I am quite a chaotic person.
I enjoy talking to people about my process and discussing the various methods I use to bring my work to life, I have never really had the chance to do a workshop as of yet. I would love to in the future and given the chance teach people the incredible process that s the art of miniatures.
From a young age I always knew I wanted to be either and architect or artist, it was just a case of which one would come a long. I studied Art in my secondary school as it was compulsory but when it came to A levels I was quick to tick that box for doing art.
Once I completed my A levels I then went on to study Foundation Art and Design in 2014 - 2015 where I graduated with a merit and went on to study BA Fine Art at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David 2015 and by 2018 I finished with First Class Honors which inspired me even further to progress with my practice using miniatures. In 2016 I founded and opened the Minitopian Art Gallery during my studies and in 2018 I went on to further my education by studying Masters at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David's and completed my course in 2020. I had intended to start doing talks about my work and practice as I left university but unfortunately, we entered lock down and I have been halted ever since, however I have continued to run my gallery during the lock down and try to inspire people to enjoy a new perspective on art, although it may be smaller it still gave viewers a chance to see new works being exhibited during the pandemic.
My last January 2020 just before the pandemic hit and we were put into lock down but since then I have been running my gallery and running exhibitions online via Instagram and website which in a sense has been a collaborative process as my gallery is my work and my work is in turn showcasing their works.