Marlene Steyn, The Scream (Echo-Oh's), 2016, Oil on ceramic and wood, 37 x 22 x 10 cm. Courtesy SMAC Gallery
Marlene Steyn, The Scream (Echo-Oh's), 2016, Oil on ceramic and wood, 37 x 22 x 10 cm. Courtesy SMAC Gallery  

Marlene Steyn’s work takes shape in the unsettling of established ideas surrounding themes of psychoanalytic theory, historical narratives of art and popular signifiers borrowed from contemporary culture.

Steyn obtained her Master of Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art in London in 2014. Her work is included in the collections of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Cape Town and YIS Foundation Art Collection, London. In 2016, Steyn presented Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place, her first solo exhibition with SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, and in the same year presented, You Can’t Cry When Your Head is Underwater, at Lychee One, London. Steyn’s work was recently selected for inclusion in Phaidon’s newest publication in the series, Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art (2017).