Sophie Gough

Sophie Gough is an artist and researcher who lives and works in London. She graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2016 with a first-class honours BA in Sculpture and Combined Media and has recently received a Masters in Interdisciplinary Research at the Royal College of Art in London (Sept.2022). She has assisted lecturing in Sculpture and guest lectured on Irish university architecture courses at Cork’s Centre for Architectural Education and at the University of Limerick. She has completed numerous residencies around Ireland and has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently with In Ruined Time, Southwark Park Galleries in London and Hot glue at The Complex Dublin and Platform Arts, Belfast (2022).

Sophie Gough’s sculptural practice considers a process of place-making with architectural ephemera. Working across drawing, painting, photography and sculpture her work physically evolves through explorations of concerns central to the making of sculpture such as form, light, materiality, surface, and weight. Recently, her work has explored the application of a haptic archaeological engagement with the fragments she collects which favours the fleeting alchemical and affectual experiences felt making with the objects over the physical things themselves. Often through site-specific material treatments, Sophie haunts, worries and re-members with the elementality of objects misremembered from her past to re-situate and ground a sense of herself in a ruined present.

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