Born 1972, Aylesbury, based in Glasgow

Sophie Macpherson, 'Deep Dancing', 2010, video

Employing sculpture, photography, performance and drawing, Sophie Macpherson builds scenarios that are invested both in an abstracted personal mythology and an exploration of the non-verbal or mute qualities of symbols. Theatrical objects and stylised costumes are recurring motifs in Macpherson’s practice, which blends the mise-en-scene of medieval mystery plays, the perfomativity of Brechtian cabaret, and the psychic landscape of Surrealism.

Commissioned for The Voice Is A Language, Macpherson presents Deep Dancing (2010), a video that combines a series of abstract theatrical sketches that slip between a rehearsal of gesture and its exhibition. The artist and her friends present themselves to the camera not as psychological entities but as performing bodies put to the service of an unconsummated ritual.

Deep Dancing was commissioned by Isla Leaver-Yap. The artist would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance: Kate Davis, Leigh Ferguson, Molly Haslund, Torsten Lauschman, Lorna Macintyre, Charlotte Prodger, and Jess Worrall. Sophie Macpherson courtesy Sorcha Dallas.
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