This body of work began during one of Perth’s lockdowns. I understand most people find the disruption to normal challenging but I enjoyed it. I think I’m an introvert, lockdown gave me freedom from guilt when amusing myself around the house. The fact I was not preoccupied with the schedule of work caused a shift in daily priorities and rituals. Every day was a studio day, I had been collecting materials and experimenting with bases for months and I finally had a solid block of time to push my ideas to fruition.
Sourcing bases was born of guilt. I was anxious and overwhelmed by how much plastic and unnecessary packaging my household accumulated. (It was a sombre reflection of the state of the planet in my own home). I was aware I had to be responsible for my own waste. I thought the single use plastic lids and bases were beautiful shapes with interesting patterns and they would make nice reliefs. I enjoy process intensive methods which is why collage has been present throughout my time as a practising artist.
I collect magazines and books from op shops, again attempting to source my materials from pre existing items. Within the provided collection there are hand poured bases and cardboard bases which were already interesting shapes to me. The initial inspiration for surface treatment comes from the base. Every shape is treated individually. I was thinking about what people do to comfort themselves while making these pieces. The act of making this work was meditative for me. I definitely drank more during lockdown, people abuse prescription medication, people eat more, people eat comfort food-chocolate is one of my comforting indulgences. These thoughts are reflected in my choice of materials. In the absence of usual ritual, others developed. I would break up the day with tea breaks, often beginning my day with 4 - 6 cups of tea before I made myself a very late breakfast.
I endeavour to make things that look beautiful because I feel sad about all the ugly situations arising in the world. I think my practise has always carried this therapeutic element.
Sophie Burgoyne is an Australian artist from Perth. Her interest in behaviour and trends of modern culture present themselves thematically in her practice and the global, dominant influence of humans is always on her mind.
Universally, human occupation is transient and insignificant, she represents us suggestively based on this notion. There is presence in absence and she finds subtle allusions convey mystery and fragility.
Her disgust, concern, sadness, surprise and happiness with the world is expressed via multiple mediums. The sculptures she produce are usually small and constructed from paper. It is comforting for her to work within confined space since her focus on executing meticulous details becomes meditative. she draws on large board in graphite, charcoal and collage. Bold, visceral, emotive atmosphere link her pieces, despite the interdisciplinary nature of the work.