Sophie, Exhibition HL
Another exceptional student, Sophie has made a sophisticated body of work around the concept of the feminine, exploring this topic well beyond conventional stereotypes. She also considers the exhibition venue and methods of display as part of her overall concept. Sophie was awarded a 7 in HL Art. Cheers also to her amazing teacher at CIS, Gora Lisazo for encouraging her to push the boundaries!
Have a look at Sophie's Process Portfolio too Sophie, HL PP
Read an extract from Sophie's Curatorial rationale and view the slideshow below
"The presented body of work is a sociopolitical and personal commentary on womanhood. Violence against women both historical and current is explored, as well as resilience, strength and beauty. The approach is uninhibited and uncompromising.
The vision of the exhibition started as an aggressive protest against the oppression of women and the female body, stylistically and conceptually influenced by Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramović, Tracy Emin and the Feminist Art Movement of the l ate 60’s (see Caged, Je Ne Suis Pas Une Femme Maison!, ... ). In my approach to media, I have been influenced by Marcel Duchamp in using found objects such as wood and metal rods, in addition to cement, wire and latex ( Growth, The Tearing, …). Towards the end of my time in the Diploma Programme I explored tranquility and resilience, creating the pieces Skin and Growth, as well as a series of photographs of my grandmother and her home, from which the diptych Motherland has been chosen for exhibition. Inspired by my greatgrandmother’s work, I also investigated traditional female media such as embroidery and the use of fabric, which was interesting conceptually, but not yet developed to the technical level of the exhibition. It did however influence choices such as projecting the video piece Sex on bed linen rather than on a screen. The progression from the researchheavy, sociopolitical approach to the personal and intimate, reflects the development of my individuality as an artist, and adds balance to the body of work.
The juxtaposition of hardness and softness is a recurring element in my pieces. Materials associated with masculinity and modernity such as metals and concrete are used or portrayed in contrast to femininity, which is represented by the smooth and organic, with materials such as glazed clay or wood, and a color palette of whites and flesh tones. The hard materials are often depicted piercing, trapping or violating the soft materials ( Cell, Caged, Purity,…). Notions of tranquility and beauty are interwoven between the depictions of violence, to create balance and honor female strength and resilience ( Skin, Soft Pleasure,…).
A semiconstructed building is chosen as the exhibition venue, which works as an extension of the contrast between the soft and feminine, and the hard and masculine. Soft pieces such as the Motherland diptych placed in context of the venue evoke a different understanding than when exhibited in the protected space of a gallery. Pieces which require a stand, such as Growth and In Utero, as well as the projector for Sex, are placed on materials found at the construction site. The sculpture Trapped is suspended in an open doorway, highlighting the thematic elements of vulnerability. The sound of the electric razor from the video piece "Sex" fills the room, further accentuating the presence of the industrial and hard."