Sophia Dawson

Process is central to my work and intimately linked with my activity as a gardener (I have been running my own plant-specialist garden maintenance company since 2004). My ideas are usually generated by my immediate environment. I may use a prosaic object, an activity or an unusual event as a starting point. I sometimes use live plant material in my work, but it may also be preserved or altered in some way. Investigative writing is fundamental to my work. It is a way of searching to reveal essential, hidden connections which open up through a highly subjective process. Sound too is an important component, and I use listening as a way of orientating myself within a space. Sometimes I record the sounds I hear - in descriptive writing, or as digital audio files. Sometimes I make objects which invite us to consider identifiable sounds from a different perspective. Sometimes I use sound walks as a way to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us. Projects unfold through a detailed, and sometimes oblique, process of research, investigation and experiment. Collected findings are then reconfigured, or words repositioned, to form new perspectives. I like to present my work in ways which are open to interpretation, and which invite the viewer to participate in the creation of meaning. read full statement

Location Norfolk, East
Website http://www.onefield.co.uk