AboutArt is long and life is short (Hippocrates), that would at first glance certainly seem so for the print, which lends and extends itself through multiples, seemingly touching upon some kind of immortality. Yet, there are rules that make the print precious. It is this tension between infinity and the finite that interests Sophie, and will be the focus of this lecture.
She will question where the life of the print starts and where it finishes. This notion of life will be investigated by discussing the tension between easy replication, intentional limited series and how these play upon the temporary as precious, making way for a discussion on destruction verses limitlessness and ultimately looking at how and why artists at times choose to produce and engage with things that are temporary, limited not just in production, but also in lifespan.
Sophie Kromholz is an art historian, creative explorer, and communicator, finishing her PhD thesis: Vanishing Artworks Sustaining the legacy of temporary artworks at the University of Glasgow, while also working as a Teaching Assistant at Maastricht University.
Her research interests include, but are not limited to, ephemera and ephemerality, collecting behaviour, conservation theory, and storytelling. Sophie is a founding member of women's collective TYCI and serves as the Glasgow Correspondent for the Journal of Wild Culture.