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."


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