"I am a Cornish abstract artist. I have always been drawn to how nature and time encroaches on all that is man-made. The idea that an immaculate facade will inevitably show marks of natural decay. That exposed brick work is evidence of its past. "
"My work is inspired from the external rhythms and conversations of the crumbling, decaying and imperfect walls that I pass. I use donated recycled paints and materials, building up layers of paint that people discard, repurposing it and imbuing my work with the decisions and journey people made when choosing that paint. Community and nature, intrinsically linked, are thought provoking, powerful and emotive. Exploring, reflecting on and respecting both, my work aims to tell their stories and is all the richer for the inspiration they provide."
Abstract painter, Sophie Capron b.1982, studied BA Hons Textile Art at Winchester School of Art, during which she undertook a period of textile training in Japan. In 2018 she completed a residency with Picture Berlin and exhibited her work in Berlin afterwards. Sophie’s work is inspired by the erosion of our urban environment, and the relationship between humans and nature, building up sgraffito mark making into layers of recycled paint to reference this.
She exhibited in the International Biennale ‘Women in Contemporary Art’ in France 2017, represented Cornwall in Lorient, France, and was selected to exhibit works in the Bazemore Gallery in Philadelphia. Since 2019 she has had three major exhibitions at Artwave West and her joint exhibition with Ashley Hanson. She also had a successful collaboration at the Jupiter Gallery in reference to the pandemic. In 2022 she became an active member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and is currently a committee member.
'Glaw', Reclaimed materials, 100 x 50 cm, by Sohie Capron
When did you first work with reclaimed materials?
S: I used to work with acrylics, but as a person who recycles a lot it never felt right. So when the school that I was working at gave me 20 - 30 cans of left-over shed paint to use, it seemed to just work. This was my first installment and then friends donated, followed by other people and businesses and it snowballed into being an integral part of my work process and intentions. I not only felt better about the work I was producing using reclaimed materials, but the shades and colours gave a more realistic interpretation and reflected more accurately the walls and surfaces that inspire my pieces.
Do you listen to anything as you work?
S: I literally cannot work in a quiet space and have to have music on in the background. Radio 6 is always my go to station and I have recently got into Kruangbin which I love. My 40th birthday and Hen-do classics also play frequently which my friends compiled for me. Listening to music is a huge influence in what I do, and even if I don't feel like painting, I put music on and it gives me the enthusiasm and motivation I need to get on with work. It always lifts my spirit!
How important is the material itself to your work?
S: The paints I work with are never new. Donated full tins or half-filled, drip-crusted pots, they always come from my local community. Some from friends, some from organisations, the paint I receive forms a link between my artwork and the people and places it comes from. Each painting I produce is a Cornish ‘local’, inspired by where I live and made from the resources my community has given me. When one of my pieces goes to its new home, to somewhere else in the county, ‘up the line’ or even overseas, a small part of my community – our community – spreads its wings. It’s a fascinating thought.