Sophia Cook has been exploring technologies, humans, and objects. Each work becomes a creature living in a small world. Sometimes their studio feels like a community of creatures chattering with each other. The skin is a body’s largest organ. Every day the skin of living and nonliving things interacts with reality. The skin touches and senses the complexity and habitual nature of life. Sophia’s what happens to you explores the way skin travels, the way it changes over time, and the textures that mark it with life’s repetitive movements and gestures. Skin snares and shares body consciousness. Objects find Sophia and they develop a relationship. They observe how objects live and move and act: the story in a piece of lace, the life cycle of insulation foam, the erosion of a zinc plate. These entities are not inanimate; they are the marrow of the creatures in Sophia’s studio or the topography of their small worlds.
Sophia is a Californian who has been studying art at Hampshire College and graduates this spring.
ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I was excited to share my work and also get to see other people’s work as well. Also, finding new spaces to install work interests me because it always comes with challenges and puzzles that are exciting to figure out.