Approved: 06.10.2015

Sophy King

Artist, Maker

Approved: 06.10.2015

   I work in both the urban landscape and the natural world.  My work is concerned with the relationship between people and their environment.  My participatory pieces involve events and installations that allow people to make connections to their space and each other.

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Artist Statement

   I work in both the urban landscape and the natural world.  My work is concerned with the relationship between people and their environment.  My participatory pieces involve events and installations that allow people to make connections to their space and each other.

My work plays on the tension between our control and lack of control over materials and the environment.

 I work in many materials: glass, wood, steel, slate, concrete.  I often use modern industrial processes in my public realm work.  Glass and gold leaf manipulate light with reflection and refraction forming a link between air and solid.  Other materials I work with have contrasting absorption.  Interplay with light connects materials with time, night and day, seasonality and the passing of the years, creating a rhythm in space.  Plant materials continue the relationship with light.  They lend an organic unpredictability that creates tension in combination with more monumental materials.  The use of plants is a balancing act between control and freedom.

  I use digital collage, photography and printmaking to express proposals and ideas.  These two dimensional works are a more personal iteration of the concepts in my head, where bringing large peices into physical existence requires collaborative and collective effort and expertise.

CV & Education

SELECTED PROJECTS

2018       Talk to the Trees                Community Engagement, Trees Estate, Preston

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

2015       Reach Art Project              Public Artwork designs for Lytham St Anne’s Promenade

2014       Reach Art project               Community Engagement Program

2013       Our Museum                      Participatory artwork, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

2012       Allery Gallery                      Co-curator: pop-up gallery, Manchester

2011        Landscaping and Murals    Communal Gardens Stockport Women’s Aid,

2008       Hartley Street                      Community Gardens, Halifax,

2007-9    Landscape Architect            various projects with SML (Landscape Architects)

2003       DNA                                     Public Artwork, Nuffield Hospital, Leeds

2000       WAVE                                   Public Artwork, Saltash, Cornwall

1998       SUNDIAL                              Public Artwork, Mile End, London

1996-8    Studio Assistant                    Danny Lane, glass furniture and sculpture

1994-6     Glassblower                          Kito Glas, Bremen, Germany

 

RESIDENCIES

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

2013                 Our Museum                                                  Participatory Artwork

 

AWARDS

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

2005                 BRONZE MEDAL                                         Show Garden RHS Tatton Park

 

EDUCATION

2007                 BLA Landscape Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University

2006                 Graduate Diploma (Landscape Architecture) MMU

1994                 Glass Techniques and Technology, International Glass Centre, Stourbridge

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

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018                 PROOF                                          Hot Bed Press, Manchester

2017                 MANIFEST                                     ArtWork Atelier, Manchester

2017                 PROOF                                           Robert Burt Gallery, London                     

2017                 PROOF                                           Kosmonaut, Manchester

2017                 MONO                                             PS Mirabel, Manchester

2016                 OPEN STUDIOS                             I-Park Foundation, Connecticut

2015                 MANIFEST                                                     ArtWork Atelier, Manchester

2012                 ALLERY GALLERY                                      Pop-Up Gallery, Manchester

2008                 BIG GREEN WEEKEND                             Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

1999                 FIELD                                                             Martello St. Studios, Hackney

1998                 WHITECHAPEL OPEN                               SPACE Studios group exhibition

1996                 NEUES GLAS                                              KITO Art Gallery, Bremen, Germany

1995                 NEW CONTEMPORARIES                        Taipan, Taiwan