From the Intern Artists: Sophie Fishel
Posted on 30 April 2012
“My body of work often features some variety of humour and is essentially an exploration into the human condition. Humour lacks the confinements of social expectations and in my opinion laughing is one of the most liberal, infectious and impulsive actions a human being can take. My work explores an eclectic range of media and encompasses broad preoccupations ranging from characterisation, consumerism, death, to subtle and sinister observations of everyday life. According to artist John Isaac the way we live is ‘modern, fast-track, hi-flying, giga-byted, money-making, stock-inflating, a broadway-boogie-woogie world that is also a fast-food guzzling, consumer- driven, resource-eating, air-polluting, earth-poisoning, a prozac-popping monster that has run out of control.’ My aim of coming to Franconia Sculpture Park was to decide where my work fits in with this statement, to learn new skills and be able to wholly devote my time to making new sculpture.
This Sunday will mark my first full month spent at Franconia and in America itself; which has been an absolute pleasure, a fantastic learning curb and has also consisted of many trips to Menards and Walmart! In these first few weeks of my Internship I have been focusing on improving my Arc Welding skills so I created two steel pieces of fruit, a pineapple and a slice of watermelon, currently titled ‘Getting Fresh’. It was something special to see children enjoying it as a climbing frame, as a giant snack; perhaps the fruit may even sway some future dietary choices…. The fruit is a working progress as the two may not stay as a pair, and instead become incorporated into my next piece that I have initially started working on this week, loosely based on a giant magical, tropical goddess. This piece will be the largest and the first outdoor sculpture I have ever made. This presents new challenges and considerations which I have not been exposed to in the past such as the changeable weather, the safety aspect if members of the public choose to climb on it, the natural light and back-drop. The sculptures currently at Franconia Sculpture Park are all extremely impressive, and of a grand scale that I have never had the luxury to aspire to work with before, and therefore my biggest concern has been how to incorporate my own practice into the context of this new unlimited world of grandeur and imagination. However, being able to work in such a supportive environment and with such a diverse range of artist’s here I am extremely excited to complete the second half of my stay here and to go back to London with a new body of work, new friends and a larger range of practical skills.’”