Sophie Clague (Australia, °1988) is a sculpture and installation artist based in Sydney. She is currently undertaking an MFA at The Sydney College of The Arts. Her work deals with concepts of liminality, pattern recognition and the pathways to cognition that happen when we are confronted with works of abstraction. Her sculptures exist on the border between abstraction and figuration and provoke empathetic and instinctual rather than rational responses from the audience.
“For my project at the Frans Masereel Centrum, I wanted to explore similar ideas to what I do in my sculptures but in a different medium. The artworks that I made here are originally based on a schematic diagram for an industrial machine, and the original idea was that the symmetrical images I created would act like Illuminations for a manuscript, but one that wasn’t written in a language that could be understood. As the project progressed however, I became interested in the possibilities of colour, and experimented with layering and changing the colours, which resulted in a completely different image than what I had imagined in my mind. I let my more instinctive self take over at some point and was quite surprised with some of the results. The titles are a reflection of automatic associations I had when I was confronted with the finished image.”
*This project was generously supported by the Dyason Bequest, from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.
03.04.2017 - 28.04.2017