Sophie Lee:

Make Place

Gvendareyjar 20/08/16, Sophie Lee, 2016

ArtWork Atelier: 31 March – 8 April 2017 | Preview & Artist Talk: 30 March, 6-8pm

Make Place is a solo exhibition by Sophie Lee investigating the artist’s interpretations into notions of the home and identity. Taking inspiration from her recent visit to a group of family owned islands off the West Coast of Iceland, Lee presents a gallery installation bringing together research from over the last eight-months.

During her visit to Iceland, Lee spent time with the family’s last remaining son, who in 1981, after the passing of his mother, took it upon himself to safe hold the family’s islands from the threat of sale. Taking up sole residency on the islands, he set about building wooden, family sized houses. Now, at the age of 75, having built twenty houses and one library, he continues his work, living in almost total isolation. Holding on to a sense of the un-finished, each house is unique and marks a lasting tribute to his mother and siblings. A place of contradictions and myth, the island and its inhabitant are fixed in a state of anticipation, nostalgia, transformation and change.

Bringing together her own narratives, experiences and documentation, Make Place is an exhibition that reinterprets this story from the experiences of the artist. Within the exhibition, Lee presents a fictional spoken word narrative between the island and the inhabitant.

Make Place has been developed and produced by Mark Devereux Projects with Sophie Lee over the last year. This exhibition signals the completion of the first research and development phase of the project, which has also included a talks programme concentrating on the thematics of domesticity and identity at Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

We would like to specially thank Susan Gunn and Geoff Molyneux for their time and support for the project.

For further information about the exhibition please contact us.

Image: Gvendareyjar 20/08/16, Sophie Lee, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist

Further information

ArtWork Atelier | artworkgreengate.co.uk
31 March – 8 April 2017 | Preview & Artist Talk: 30 March, 6-8pm

Queen Street | Salford | M3 7NG
Opening times: Mon-Sat 12-4pm and by appointment

Accompanying events: Make Place Talks Programme
December 2016 – April 2017

Make Place is a talks programme exploring domestic space and identity at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Featuring renowned academics and artists from across the UK, the programme will contextualise Mark Devereux Projects represented artist Sophie Lee’s own artistic research into domesticity, which has included visiting the Gvendareyjar islands in Iceland to studying Salford Museum and Art Gallery’s extensive collection of nineteenth-century household objects, furniture, fixtures and fittings. For further information click here.

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