Approved: 06.10.2015

Sophy King

Artist

Approved: 06.10.2015

I’m a multidisciplinary environmental artist, investigating the nature-culture continuum through examination of and immersion in a place.

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Artist Statement

I’m a multidisciplinary environmental artist, investigating the nature-culture continuum through examination of and immersion in a place.

I work with found natural and man-made materials, photography, film and sound, and pared-down aesthetic. Walking and mapping are integral to my research; narratives of place, time and human interactions with the non-human; communities and ecologies.

My practice considers the Anthropocene/Planthropocene, Deep Time and Vibrant Matter, examining ecological systems and phenomena in relation to the climate crisis. For several years I have been concerned with moss, soil, earth, peat, wildfires. I’ve focussed on peat moors and lowlands around Manchester; investigating their social, economic, and ecological context; exposing the nature of our relationship with our environment.

I’ve started using film and audio to examine our experience of the world and the turmoil we are grappling with. I’m currently exploring ideas about small-scale urban rewilding and sustainability at my studio at Rogue Artist’s Studios.

My work is entangled with the site-specific, deriving from particular qualities and characteristics of place, whether urban or rural. This develops into narrative, or leads to materials, intervention or image. My practice acknowledges that no place exists or evolves without the species and cultures that inhabit and shape it over time.

 

CV & Education

Sophy King                                                CV

tel 0773 643 8161 email: [email protected]   sophyking.com    instagram @sophykingart

CURRENTLY

Awarded a bursary by the Liverpool Biennial, a-n Artists Network and Open Culture to work on an audio-visual piece about water and swimming; Adjusted Horizons

AWARDS

2021                 LBxan Artists Bursary                            Liverpool Biennial, a-n and Open Culture

2006                 LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE AWARD          L. Arch. GDip Exhibition, MMU     

2005                 BRONZE MEDAL                                        Show Garden RHS Tatton Park

EDUCATION

2019                 MA Fine Art (Distinction), Manchester School of Art

2007                 BLA Landscape Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University

1992                 BA(Hons) 3D Design (wood, metal, ceramics, glass) Manchester Polytechni       

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019                 MA/MFA                                HOME, Manchester

2019                 MANIFESTATION                Rogue Project Space, Manchester

2019                 CATALYST                           Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester

2019                 BORDERLINE                      Co-curator and exhibitor, Leaf, Manchester

2017                 MANIFEST 2017                  ArtWork Atelier, Manchester

2017                 PROOF II                              Robert Burt Gallery, London

2017                 MONO                                   PS Mirabel, Manchester

2016                 OPEN STUDIOS                  I-Park Foundation, Connecticut, USA

2012                 ALLERY GALLERY             Co-curator: pop-up gallery, Manchester                

RESIDENCIES

2018              Moors for the Future, Edale                 Environmental Art Residency

2018                 CAMP, Aulus-les-Bains, France                Residency/workshop with Nils-Udo

2016                 I-Park Foundation, Connecticut, USA      Environmental Art Residency

2013                 Our Museum                                                Residency, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2018                 Talk to the Trees                            Community engagement, Lead Artist, Preston

2016                 Birds of Passage              Public Artwork, RSPB Sculpture Trail, Fairhaven Lake

2015                 Reach Art Project             Public Artwork design for Lytham St Anne Promenade

2013                 Our Museum                           Participatory artwork, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

2003                 DNA                                                    Public Artwork, Nuffield Hospital, Leeds

2000                 Wave                                                 Public Artwork, Saltash, Cornwall

1998                 Sundial                                               Public Artwork, Mile End, London