Approved: 05.10.2009

Sophia Dawson

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Approved: 05.10.2009

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

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Biography

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.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - MA Textile Culture (Distinction), Norwich University College of the Arts, United Kingdom 1984 - DipAD Woven Textiles, West Surrey College of Art and Design, United Kingdom 1979 - BA Fine Art and Music, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom Group exhibitions 2013 - The Flight of the Spoonbill , The Church of St Margaret of Antioch, Cley next the Sea, Norfolk 2012 - Turn the Page - Artists Book Fair, The Forum, Norwich 2011 - Discourse of Sound, outcome of residency, Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton 2011 - Elements: Material Worlds, Fusion Gallery, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk Residencies 2011 - Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo, Hertfordshire Public commissions 2011 - Breath (2010) , Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) - via Axis, London 2011 - Onefield (design and implementation of new planting scheme), Hoxton Square, London