Artist Statement

Through abstract painting Sophie Perkins aims to explore the interplay between the outer and inner landscape. Through the process of painting the connection between body and mind is explored as a radiation of our experience the world.  The contemplative and dynamic energy of her work oscillates between chance, control and careful restraint. Membranes of flooded pools of pigment transcend mechanisms of the sensory perception intertwining Nature and the 'nature of being'. Rather than a direct response to a particular place, the painting is a depiction of what is seen and what is felt with great emphasis of the phenomenology of being in the landscape. 

 

Working with watered down acrylic mediums, Perkins uses a pouring and soak-stain technique to achieve fluid notions of the coastal landscape bringing to the forefront visual observations and perceptions of colour and a configuration of the world around us. Through a thoughtful consideration of Hue and Tone the abstract compositions question the language of colour in attempt to paint the texture of memory and perception in the manipulation of the optics of colour and light.

 

The intuitive play of paint ignites the conscious/subconscious role, unfolding the term the ‘inner landscape’ through the exploration of the materiality and alchemy of paint on raw canvas. It is through the process and artist’s gesture that the embodiment of the landscape is released and poured onto canvas using the physical body to enact a perpetual experience to mirror the interchangeable exchange between body, mind and landscape in it’s constant dynamic flux.

 

Education

(2021) University of the Arts London - Contemporary Art Exhibition and Event Management Short Course

 (2017 - 2020) Falmouth University - First Class Honours in Fine Art BA(Hons)

(2016 - 2017) Totnes Art and Design Foundation Course EDEXCEL BTEC Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Distinction

Exhibitions

2021 - Delayed Gratification - The Poly, Falmouth

2021 - Artist in Residency Summer Show, Totnes Art & Design Foundation Course

2021 - Exhibition No.3 - Morgans Gallery, Falmouth

2020 - Behind Closed Doors - Words & Pictures Gallery, Teignmouth

2020 - Inter Alia - painters network_sw, Online

2020 - Falmouth Showcase Degree Show, Online

  2019 - 3 Artists, 3 Materials - TAAG, Teignmouth

2019 - Proposals For Change - Wellington Terrace, Falmouth

2019 - Outside In - The Poly, Falmouth

2018 - Artizan Summer Open 2018 - Unit 5 Fleet Walk Street, Torquay

2018 - Whatever You Want - 1st year show, Falmouth University 

2017 - Totnes Art & Design Foundation Course Summer Show

2015 - Student Art Exhibition - The Artisan Gallery, Torquay