Geology is the driving force behind her fascination with the landscape. “The landscape is in constant flux with everything dependent on the other, with land mutually destructive and creative”.
I, myself, am also fascinated by geology, particularly of the coast. I spent much of my university art degree sketching the rocky strata of the Glamorgan Coast, rich in its exhibition of geological history. I am taken in by the transient nature of the cliffs of our small country; how different processes break apart and reshape our land.
Not denying man’s impact on the landscape, Sophie will be considering how industry, roads and buildings interrupt the archetypal view of landscapes traditionally denoted by artists. Her residency will look at the transportation of people using bicycles and public transport through the Welsh landscape. Using both Welsh and English language, Sophie will mark her personal association with bilingual road signs and Wales, taking colours from cycle route maps, road signs and photographs (taken on her own journeys between Cardiff and Caerphilly) as inspiration. Ultimately, the work will be circular in shape. Symbolic of not only the bicycle wheel, but also of renewable resources, the planet Earth, and how our actions have an impact on the environment.
Sophie Victoria Elliott – resident artist @ The Basement, Milkwood Gallery (41 Lochaber Street Cardiff, CF24 3LS) 16th-30th June 2012, Wednesday – Saturday 10am-5pm.
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