SOPHIE MACKFALL: WE EAT AND DRINK AND SIT BY FIRES
Saturday 3 October - Sunday 1 November 2015
NEW STUDIO presents a new series of paintings by Sophie Mackfall in her first solo show in London.
Part of an emerging generation of British artists, Mackfall demonstrates an expanded approach to painting by embracing the scale and surface of the spatial situations in which she works. Her approach takes its cue from 20th century philosophical ideas around creativity and education, alongside utopian notions of abstraction. Informed by an ongoing critical investigation of social movements including Anthroposophic theory and her own experiences of Steiner education, Mackfall creates encounters between material, colour, form and environment to point towards an indefinable quality of lived experience.
Often suspended across a room, or applied directly to a wall, Mackfall’s works draw upon a range of ‘to hand’ materials, from paper and glass to fabric, string and wicker, to create rhythmic installations that hover between domestic intimacy and a broader architectural landscape. For NEW STUDIO Mackfall presents a new series of paintings on glass fragments. Cut to shapes that evoke the curvature of the human body they are collectively assembled as a sculptural installation in direct response to the gallery interior.
Sophie Mackfall was selected from over 700 artist applications to NEW STUDIO’s open call in March 2015. To mark the occasion of the exhibition, the artist has created a limited edition print available for sale from the gallery. Visit our Editions page for more information.
Sophie Mackfall (b.1984, York, UK) studied BA Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art and MA Painting at Royal College of Art, London. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery (2015); Eat Aknari Jam, Glasgow Project Room (2013); What You See is Where You’re At: Young Scottish Painters, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010) and SUPERNATURE: an exercise in loads, AMP, Athens (2010). From 2009 - 2011 she was a Committee Member of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. She lives and works in London.