Caroline Wiseman Modern & Contemporary
Sophie Molins

Sunday 25th September 2011 - Sunday 9th October 2011
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SOPHIE MOLINS

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - SOPHIE MOLINS SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2011  Please click here to see Sophie's exhbition

A residency in the Lookout has all the wonder and terror of a fairytale.

The King said to the Miller, 'That is an art which pleases me well, if your daughter is as clever as you say, bring her tomorrow to my palace, and I will put her to the test.'

And when the girl was brought to him he took her into a room which was quite full of straw, gave her a spinning wheel and reel and said, 'Now set to work, and if by tomorrow mornig early you have not spun this straw into gold during the night, you must die'

Thereupon he himself locked up the room and left her in it alone.  So there sat the poor miller's daughter and for the life of her could not tell what to do, she had no idea how straw could be spun into gold and she grew more and more frightened, until at last she began to weep. 

The Brothers Grimm (Rumpelstiltskin)

On the journey I found a cave with a pillow; a dark tower (or two); a herd of young bullocks with flies buzzing around their eyes and each one stopped to sniff me; a wigwam; a love letter from a child to her mother and a very old worn wooden dog.

I survived on blackberries.  A frog lept out of my bag; I found trees planted the year of my birth and they looked young; I discovered witches were burned here; a whole town was washed away to sea.

I was give 3 tiny apples to eat and a stone w ith a hole in it by a seer who had built a temple gateway and read a thousand books a thousand times.  I met a lost young girl and a happy woman who when deeply depressed had taken her redundancy money and brought a camper van so I found her sitting on the stoop looking at the sea the sun on her face and a dog by her side.  The work those two weeks has bought together the ingredients for a fairy story that I will make as a book and one of my web worlds

'When I had journeyed half of life's way
I found myself within a shadowed forest
For I had lost the path that does not stray.'                     Dante canto 1 3

In the tiny lookout tower I had anxious dreams, I'm mid life and children are in their teens it's a time of transition.  My ties with the moon are ending.  In the early morning sun I made self-portraits.  I have not done this since the birth of my last child 14 years ago.  It marks a rite of passage.

The text from Conrad beautifully articulates the contrast of middle age with youth.  The passage is in the blackberries witht he found gulls feather it symbolises that transition from youth to middle age.

To see Sophie's photos please click here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150402850543933.409988.586488932&type=3

About Sophie

Sophie works in photography, found objects, drawing and web worlds.  With an eye for the surreal and the ironic Molins work focuses on the physical minutae of our culture, mundane items that exist in the background of our daily lives; text, fake animals and windows become metaphors for our ethical and emotional condition, poignantly highlighting our projections, our consumption and frailties as a species.  She currently has a web commission for the National Trust on at Attimgham Park, Shropshire and an exhibition at Riverside studios coming up in November.

Please see the links below to see examples of Sophie's work

http://www.deepdowndarkhorse.com
http://www.sophiemolins.com
http://www.dontforgetthemonkey.com
http://www.photomo.org

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