Sophie Gough makes sculptural work influenced by her interest in material culture, innovation and the exploration of space. She is inspired by the interstices between things both organic and manmade, industrial and natural landscapes in both form and material. Her practice has been largely influenced by her time living and working in New York City as studio technician and assistant to the world renowned sculptor Michael Joo and also by residences spent in West Cork, resulting in a visual paradox of entities oscillating between suggestions of the architectural and the geologic, the ephemeral and the permanent.
Gough graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design (L.S.A.D) in 2016 with a first class honors BA in Sculpture and Combined Media. Since then she has exhibited internationally in Dada Post Berlin, Gallery Port Reykjavik, Gallery Unnamed New York, and the H.K.U.University of the Arts Utrecht. She has completed residencies with the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, County Cork and Dada Post, Berlin. She has interned with Ireland at Venice 2015 for the Venice Biennale and EVA: International 2016.
Gough’s recent projects include a sculptural installation as part of The Boundaries Between Us Endure, 2019 written and conceived byPeter Power for the Cork Midsummer Festival Midwinter Event and Impossible Spaces, 2019 a solo exhibition of drawings in Soma, Cork. From October 2019 to June 2020, Sophie was an assistant lecturer of sculpture in Limerick School of Art and Design. In September 2020 Gough completed her first public art commission Bri, 2020 at the Hive Building in Sandyford Business Park, Dublin.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 ‘Impossible Spaces : A solo Exhibition of Drawings’ by Sophie Gough at SOMA, Cork. Solo exhibition curated by Stella Diming Zhong , Unnamed_Gallery , New York
2018 ‘The Materialists :Sophie Gough and Daire O’Shea’, Two Person Show at the 126 Gallery, Galway
2017 Solo Exhibition, shown as part of Sample-Studios’ TACTIC Visual Arts Programme, Elizabeth Fort, Cork.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 The Boundaries Between Us Endure with Peter Power as part of The Midwinter X Cork Midsummer Festival Site Specific Performance at the National Sculpture Factory , Cork (Dec. 2019) 2018 Group Exhibition at Gallery Port, Reykjavik, Iceland Curated by Arni Erlingsson Transforming the Turf, Group Exhibition of Emerging Irish Artists based in New York,UES, New York
2018 ‘Industry’ Group Exhibition at Solstice Art Centre, Meath
2017 ‘Group show :Editions’ at Gallery Port, Reykjavik, IcelandCurated by Arni Erlingsson ‘Tombolo : Lay of The Land’, Group Exhibition, Brow Head, Mizen Penninsula, curated byKari Cahill and Hazel