Something is out of place here, or perhaps it’s that things are not what they seem? There are connections waiting to be made, in dreams, in drawings, in life, and maybe some of them can be made visually? Sculpture places a little bit of something strange into the shared reality.
Everyone is wired to notice different pieces of the shared environment. In another time, this probably had some relevance to survival. It’s more efficient to the group if not everybody notices the prey (or the predator) at the same moment. Is the artist’s job is to disturb the everyday reality that we all share, by adding to it a little of something you weren’t expecting? Everybody makes of their world, to keep things in order, to feel safe. The process of making art, of choosing and editing the visual information, making formal decisions, testing one’s limits in a given medium, is a way to think and make sense. Art makes visible things that might otherwise be unknowable, inaccessible, or simply overlooked.
Sophie Knee was born in England, in a village called East Malling, which is about 25 miles South of London. She emigrated to the United States in 1988. She is an alumna of The Ohio State University, (BFA, Summa Cum Laude, with distinction in Printmaking, 1992), and of Texas Tech University (MFA, Printmaking and Drawing, 1995). In Columbus, Sophie Knee is represented by Sharon Weiss Gallery in the Short North Arts District.