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Sophie Zhang

  • About the artist


    2016 - 2018  MA Painting, Royal College of Art (London)

    2012 - 2016  BA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (London)


    For an up to date CV including exhibitions, please visit the artist's website

  • Artist statement

    'My paintings attempt to solicit from the experience of temporality an abstract diagram, so to stage a relationship to the play of objects and the traces of language. There is within this a play of the syntax of drawing, painting and sculpting in my practise, in order to create a meeting point between imagination and memory.


    While my subject matter, recently being influenced by a 4000-year-old Chinese vessel from the V&A Museum, serves as ciphers for an experience of time (and fascination) that touches the threshold of memory, the graphical and painterly syntax is drawn from a more immediate Modernist memory. So the abstract diagram of time is drawn from the triangulation of archaic, modernist and contemporary periods. 


    As I constantly redefining the source of interest and progressing between drawing, painting and sculpting, the vessels depicted are not only drawn out of deep time but serve of meditations for this quality of time's absence. They are ciphers for the surrender to the paradoxes contained within the secret of the present. The vessels both stand and float, they expand and contract but always retain the feeling of the absent centre.


    Thus each painting emerges out of strife between oblivion and recollection: for each mark or shape there are traces of lines that cannot surface as visibility yet are somehow retained. Trace here might imply a sense of a pulse that is outside the theatre of signification. The cross over point between emptiness and presence is like an invisible bridge that might be understood as a pulse so the attempt here is to figure such crossing over points.'


    Text source: Artist website

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