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

RECENT WORK

2021-         Rogue Rewilding; addressing the biodiversity crisis

2022          Spark member;network addressing the climate crisis  @sparkartistsnetwork

2022          Para-Lab member; science/art research collaborations

2021-22    SUSTAIN Digital Artist Exchange www.sustainartists.info

Digital residency with a focus on low-carbon artmaking; commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK and Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, Aarhus, Denmark. Co-author of The Checklist – artists resource for low-carbon websites

AWARDS

2021      LBxan Artists Bursary www.biennial.com/blog

Bursary awarded by the Liverpool Biennial, a-n Artists Network and Open Culture to develop an audio-visual piece about water and open water swimming; Adjusted Horizons

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

2005     BRONZE MEDAL Show Garden RHS Tatton Park

 

RESIDENCIES

2018-9       Moors for the Future, Edale Self-initiated Environmental Art Residency

embedded with MftF

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

 

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 Polytechnic

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022      PARALAB REPORT Seesaw Space, Manchester

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 and events, Manchester

 

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