Uncertain Origin - Wood Carvings by Sophie Walker Status message

10 Aug 2016 – 5 Sep 2016

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9am -10pm

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The Jam Factory

Oxford, United Kingdom


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My wooden sculptures are hand-carved, original designs that try to be elegantly simplistic while still remaining approachable and inviting.


Ancient objects whose precise functions have been lost in time inspire me. This influences the design of my pieces as I try to instil them with the same enigmatic qualities found in my source material. 

I am fascinated with different cultures and their exoticism is expressed in my work through curious forms and implied function; something familiar and yet unfathomable all at the same time. These influences combine to create work with a vague sense of unreality that still retain a comforting familiarity, which provoke an urge to curl up inside one and take shelter form the world.

I have always been fascinated by texture and hollow, or open-able objects. I have discovered that I make hollow spaces because I want somewhere to retreat to when I’m stressed or worried; my own little universe that I have control over and that isn’t intimidating. On some level I am making these pieces so that I could, metaphorically, crawl into them and hide until I feel safe again.

I read a lot so that I feel calmer, so it is understandable that I find visual features associated with books comforting. Books are also the reason behind my interest in tactility and texture; you hold a book as you read it – interacting with it physically as well as intellectually. Books have also influenced my choice to work in wood; I find the weighty, dependability of books echoed in the solidity and durability of wood.

I believe that people share curiosities and desire sheltering environments in the same way that I do. I believe that these are innately human urges, and that their commonalities have the ability to draw people together.

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Gena Johns

Exhibiting artists

Sophie Walker


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