Welcome to my website! This is the main place that I show my work as an artist, so thank you for having a look. You can also follow me on Instagram: @steffen_peanut_butter_cookie.
My practice illustrates, interrogates, and celebrates the mutable aspect of identity. This involves the performance of personas – historical, fictional, and symbolic – in a growing range of staged and abstracted contexts in photography, video, and costume. This method is informed by my lived experiences and cultural heritage. For instance, I draw from my “mestizo” identity (i.e. a person of “mixed” Filipino descent) to produce works that undermine static perceptions of identity in a colonised world.
In this framework, my performances often enact the same representation across various images. This can express the capacity of identity to take on meanings over time. This speaks to the ever-expansive quality that I find characterises identity, as expressed by history, gender, and personal relationships. As such, my practice can speak to family, social roles, and intercultural relations while exploring related themes such as authenticity, intimacy, and desire.
I am currently based in Logan City, Australia. I grew up on a chicken farm with my German father, Filipino mother, and elder sister, and often wound up in Japan as a student or otherwise. The experiences I have had from these contexts (and many others) have been formative to my work as an artist concerned with identities.
In 2013, I completed a degree in Fine Arts at the Queensland University of Technology. Since then, I have shown in exhibitions locally and abroad. This has included the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea and residencies at Metro Arts in Brisbane and Shiro Oni Studio in Japan.