Milou Stella’s artistic practice explores the tension between the individual and the collective, with a specific interest towards deconstructing and re-inventing visual poetics rooted in folklore and storytelling. Merging painting, digital technology, animation, performance and sound, Stella’s hybrid artworks destabilise simplistic binaries and categories to become simultaneously acts and objects of creative resistance that question normative ideas of identity and gender. 

 

Her work was recently exhibited as part of Traces: Stories of Migrations (2021, Poplar) in partnership with London College of Fashion and Making For Change; and in Utopia: Eco-Feminisms, Art from Heart (2021, Mile End). She was the main visual artist of The Molly’s Masquerade (2020-21) in partnership with St Margaret’s House and Heads Bodies Legs Theatre (Arts Council England, Heritage Fund UK). This was a year long queer community and participatory project where Stella contributed a textile installation exploring the intersectionality of the lives of 18th century London queer pioneers. She also co-led the R&D Imagi-Nation.png exploring the radical meaning of ‘care’ with performer Kazuko Hohki and participants from the Carers Centre of Tower Hamlets, using digital technology, online events and improv music techniques to devise the future of the project.

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Exhibitions and Participatory Projects

 

Open Studio: The Elusive Good Egg, The Create Place, Apr 22

Traces, Group Exhibition with London College Of Fashion, Nov 2021

Utopia, Eco-feminisms, Group Exhibition Oct 2021

 

Art 2 Art Chats, 2020 - ongoing

Baba Yaga Collective, 2020 - ongoing

Molly’s Masquerade, 2020 - 21

Creative Resistance Craft Klub, 2020

 

Embroidery Mental Health Service, 2019

Fall Out Club, 2019

East London Tapestry, 2018-2020

Embroidery Loop meet - ups, 2017 - ongoing

Moody Bright Designs - 2017 - present

Witches Of Odd, 2014-15 

 

Selected workshops

Apple and Snakes Festival, 2020

Hackney Services Rehab, 2019

SCT, Choices Recovery community, 2019

Embroidery for Wellbeing, St. Margaret’s house, Bethnal Green 2017 - ongoing

Red Cross Fundraiser workshop series, 2018

 

Awards & Residences

 

St. Margaret's House Artist in Residence, Jan 2022-Apr 2022

Arts Council R&D  Imagi-Nation42.png , 2021

Arts Council Project Grant, 2020

Arts Council Emergency Fund 2020

Heritage Fund Project Grant, 2020

St. Margaret’s House, Facilitator in Residence 2017- current

Fabrications, Facilitator in Residence 2017 - current

 

Training

Mental Health First Aid , 2021

Trans awareness training with Gendered Intelligence, 2020

Sex workers Rights Training with Alex Hetchart of Sex Workers Opera, 2020

 

Published Work

Dust online magazine, 2020

Meander (poetry Pamphlet), Annexe Press, 2014

 

Education

MSt Creative Writing, University of Oxford, 2010-2012

BA Fine Art, Slade School of Art, UCL, 2003-2007