Artist Profile - Sophie Symes

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Biography
Artist Statement

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Biography

Sophie worked for us at the GreenStage Gallery while she was studying at Hereford.BA (Hons) Jewellery Design Top-Up, Hereford College of Arts, 2012- 2013HND Jewellery and Silversmithing, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, 2010- 2012


Artist Statement

I am an inquisitive creator of surreal mixed media art jewellery, objects and installations. Combining imaginings drawn from my wild rural Worcestershire surroundings with an adoration for surrealism and fairy tales and their escapist connotations; I make art and wearable sculpture using alternative materials.As well as my appreciation for the details of the natural world, I am also driven by my interest and concern for mental health. Mental illness has a huge effect on so many people, yet it still remains a taboo subject. Using art as a vehicle for change and communication, I hope to create installations that connect people, helping them to understand the overwhelming and terrifying effects of mental illness. I use my intricate lichen growths to represent overwhelm as a physical engulfing material.