Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Virtual Archive: Sophie Horton

From Absorb to Zoom: An Alphabet of Actions in the Women's Art Library, my site-specific installation of digital prints with content derived from the Women's Art Library, is now on view in the Special Collections Reading Room (Rutherford Building) and in the Kingsway Corridor (Hoggart Building) at Goldsmiths College, through 30 March 2015.

In tandem with the project, I am inviting selected artists with documentation in the WAL archive to send me images of recent work to feature on this project blog. 

Sophie Horton creates interventions and public projects with an intriguing mix of materials. She describes her practice:

Integral to my practice is the use of skills such as crochet and machine knitting, and experience with acrylic thread and concrete, paper, pencil and digital imagery. I explore the perversity of mixing old and new technologies to challenge our preconceptions of materials; woolen thread is persuaded to take on the characteristics of concrete and smart materials are incorporated into knit. Gender stereotyping is also challenged through the juxtaposition of materials. Metaphorically and conceptually sculpture and drawings are also developed, by engaging with different communities through informal interview, to create art in or concerned with the urban and rural environment.

Ban Her, 2009 Ruthin Gaol, Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales. Assisted by Knit and Natter, Needles and hooks groups, visitors, tenants and employees of Ruthin Craft Centre and Ruthin Gaol. (Photo © Sophie Horton)    

Welcome: Hello 2014, Drawing. Pencil. 58 x 49 cms. One of three drawings in a series documenting redevelopment of Elephant & Castle London SE1. Exhibition: Tower Bridge April-September 2015. Photo © Sophie Horton    

Capital 2013. Machine knitting and crochet. Commission Guys and St Thomas’ Charity. Photo © Kate Anderson    

Eye Candy, 2005. Crocheted acrylic. Height 40 feet. (University of Illinois, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, U.S.A)  Photo © Sophie Horton.

Work in Progress, crochet fluorescent acrylic & smart film, detail 2015 studio shot. Photo © Sophie Horton

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