Sophie Cape’s work focuses on the conflict between man and nature, a theme which is prevalent in Hill End’s history. The landscape is integral to her work, and Hill End is particularly interesting to the artist because of the intense range of soil colours exposed by its mining past. Sourcing local materials, Cape will create work outside so that the landscape literally infects the artwork; the force of the elements creating unexpected and uncontrollable outcomes. Using her body as a tool and the landscape as the interface, Cape will also document the process as a performance video.
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IMAGES: (L to R) Sophie Cape And the light shines in the darkness 2013. unique state etching, aquatint, drypoint, spit-bite, foul-bite, relief, carborundum, chine colle, plaster and charcoal on lana 640 gsm paper. Photo: courtesy of the artist. Sophie Cape Landscape sketchbook (detail) 2009. charcoal, graphite, gouache, ink & soil on paper. Photo: courtesy of the artist. Sophie Cape White Squall 2012. charcoal, ink, soil, bitumen & salt on canvas. Photo: courtesy of the artist. MENU IMAGE: Sophie Cape Everything changes, nothing perishes 2013. charcoal, soil, ink, shellac & bone on canvas. Photo: courtesy of the artist.