In this new body of work Lee considers the connection between landscape and memory. Exploring places and spaces of contemplation and the act of remembering, she reflects on her father’s dementia and a shift in familial roles and relationships.
Incorporating archive family footage made in rural Scotland, Lee’s work involves performance, text and visual imagery to build a fragmented response to a site she inhabited during a residency at Cove Park in Scotland. The artist spent many hours documenting, gathering and recording at Linn Botanic Gardens. A public garden who’s own histories become entwined with the personal narrative of the artist.
A solo exhibition of new works will be presented at Bankley Gallery, presenting visual records from Linn Botanic Gardens alongside texts that weave together archival fragments and personal references. In this work, Lee examines the structuring of time frames, the interpretation of place and the location and relocation of memory.
Sophie Lee commented: “Grounding myself and my own memories in landscapes explored as a child, I came across Linn while on residency. I felt a strong connection to this space. Learning about its wild, slightly chaotic and hugely diverse garden and its owner brought into focus my feelings of loss and change, growth and renewal.”
Mark Devereux added: “This personal and resonant project brings to the fore the fragility of our memory. Sophie has created a collection of works that spur us to cherish, protect and conserve everything we hold important. The work created melds personal experiences with responses to public memories and collections.”
Sophie Lee (b.1987) is a British artist based in Manchester. Graduating with First Class Honours from the Manchester School of Art in 2010, she has gone on to work as an artist and educator. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and Europe, including her solo exhibitions: ‘Make Place’ at ArtWork Atelier, Salford (2018) and ‘Any Structured Pattern’ at Progr, Bern, Switzerland (2014), group shows with OutsiderXchanges; BALTIC, Gateshead (2016) and The Manchester Contemporary (2016), ‘Loose Space’, Vienna, Austria (2015) and at SIM House Reykjavik (2015). Lee has undertaken artist residencies in Finland, Iceland and the UK. Sophie Lee is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.
Always something moves has been produced by Mark Devereux Projects. Mark Devereux Projects has established a proven track record of developing artists’ practices and careers since forming in 2013. Specialising in supporting artists during crucial developmental stages in their career, Mark Devereux Projects work collaboratively with the artist, placing their core interests and ambitions at heart. Mark Devereux Projects work in two core programmes – representing individual artists and national artist development programmes. Many of the artists they have worked with have gone on to receive important commissions, prizes, exhibitions and grants that have furthered their careers.
Image: Foregrounding | Sophie Lee | 2019 | still from video | image: courtesy of the artist