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Malakoff (92), France
The claywork at the heart of Sophie Bocher's sculptures is a reminder of the essential connection between humankind and the earth. Her aim is to return to a sort of primitivism in which emotion is expressed in its most pure and authentic form.
Sophie Bocher has sculpted for twenty years. Whilst studying painting, drawing and sculpture in Paris’ Fine Art Ateliers for over three years, Bocher learnt, experimented with and defined her own style. Since 2014, her work has been centred on experimenting with materials such as bronze, plaster, cement and sandstone, and exploring their unique properties. She uses sandstone chamotte and concrete for their raw appearance and to give an impression of minerality and bareness.
As an artist, Bocher is influenced by the work of great sculptors like Brancusi and Henry Moore, and Moore’s words ring just as true for her own pieces: "The great, continual, everlasting problem is to combine sculptural form with human sensitivity and meaning, i.e. to try to keep primitive power with humanist content."
Sophie Bocher's plaster and bronze pieces are smooth and soft, creating a sensation of gentleness, calm and serenity. When there is colour, it serves to highlight the material effects obtained and shine a spotlight on form.
Amongst the different textures, a balance between abstraction and figuration is achieved, bringing the concept of humanity to its essential and universal form. In the more abstract works, balance is often created through the various re-compositions of pieces which are in constant motion, often offering the possibility of modulating different elements of the sculpture.
Read an article on Bocher’s work from art historian and journalist Thierry Savatier published on the LeMonde.fr culture blog: http://savatier.blog.lemonde.fr/2017/05/24/les-sculptures-epurees-de-sophie-bocher/
Sculptor for 20 years, Sophie Bocher trained in painting, drawing and sculpture at the Ateliers des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris for 3 years. She then chose to focus on sculpture and attended private workshops: ceramics and enamelling workshop at Brigitte Méniger’s (75017) for 10 years, Guillaume Werle’s workshop more occasionally to learn plaster and casting techniques. In parallel, she followed a university training on artistic theories and practices at La Sorbonne Paris IV (L3 Arts Plastiques).
Today she works daily in her studio which she shares with other artists on Malakoff. His work in sculpture is accompanied by plastic research in photographs.
- 3-26 May 2018: Exhibition at the André Malraux Centre in Le Pecq, 3 bis quai Voltaire
-15 March - 28 April 2018: Solo exhibition "Matières Essentielles", 9 rue du Pont Louis Philippe, 75004 Paris
- November 2017 : -Hybrids! Commissaires’ area - Salon de Colombes
- October 2017: Paris Artists Espace Beaurepaire
- 8-18 September 2017: solo exhibition "Matières à...." at the Pablo Neruda media library in Malakoff
- July 1-14, 2017: selection of 5 bronzes for the International Biennale of Contemporary Sculpture in Burgundy
- 17-21 May 2017: Solo exhibition "Imbrications" at the Malakoff MdA
- 18 -19 March 2017: Public Prize sculpture section at the "A la croisée des Arts" exhibition in Poissy
- 16-23 February 2017: Galerie La Ralentie (Paris 11è), installation "D’Après Man Ray" for the exhibition "Eros". Special mention from the jury.
- December 8-12, 2016: Salon National des Beaux-Arts du Carrousel du Louvre. (Silver medal of the invited Jury for Le Refuge)
- October 7-8-9, 2016 : Paris Artists (sculptures), Hôtel de Cheaulnes, Place des Vosges.
- July-August 2016: Collective exhibition Polistopia, (Mémoire de l’Avenir Gallery, rue Ramponneau, Paris)
- 20-22 May 2016: Grand Salon d’Art Affordable, La Bellevilloise (75020)
- 21 May-5 June 2016: Salon des Beaux Arts, Garches
- June 2015: "And Next" exhibition at the "La Ville a des Arts" Gallery (75018)
- June 1014: "Exartcise" exhibition at Voûte 123 (Viaduc des Arts de Bastille)