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Sophie Collier

MA work

Glitch Maternal

Glitch Maternal is a gallery-based moving image work born from a series of drawings, notes and sculptural objects. The work separates into five identifiably separate ‘scenes’, although any sense of definite narrative or decipherable code is fleeting: just as representational threads seem likely to be woven, so they are unravelled by abstracted backgrounds or seemingly detached soundscapes.

The result is a tense work that hovers somewhat nervously between the clear and the unclear. Code appears decipherable in the form of seemingly meaningful and symbolic props and gestures, yet these hooks are given no time to settle in the water: they are dangled but not easily grasped.

Mischief, danger, magic, destiny, and a sense of divination all inspire Glitch Maternal, although these bumpy notes are underpinned by more protective, calm, repetitive and ordered forces. There are clear attempts at navigation through the work, as well as an interest in the changing of object or element from one state to another, and a sense of the passing on of information from one generation to another.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Sculpture, 2015

  • Degrees

  • 1:1 BFA (Hons), Fine Art, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, 2002
  • Experience

  • Freelance video director, producer, editor and cinematographer ; Private commissions (painting, drawing, limited edition prints, photographs, video)
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA Flux, Alserkal Avenue, Art Dubai, UAE, 2015; Latching Firm, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2015; From Here and There, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, 2014; Drawings from Colorado to Swansea, Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado, USA, 2014; STIFF Film Festival, Rijeka, Croatia, 2014; Toride International Video Projections, Toride, Japan, 2014; Josh Searchlight Art Auction by Christie's, Blackall Gallery, London, 2014; System of Objects, Departure Foundation, Gracechurch St, London, 2012; ALCA, Old Vic Tunnels, London, 2012; Filmideo, Index Art Center, New York, 2012; Rhitzomatic, The Departure Gallery, London, 2010
  • Awards

  • John Moores Painting Prize 2010, long-listed, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2010; Winner, Beck's Futures Film and Video Student Prize, ICA, London 2002; Winner, Bullock Art Prize, St. Catherine's College, Oxford 2001
  • Conferences

  • Dodgy Signal, Inspiring Matter Conference, Royal College of Art, London 2012