Sophie Ansell is a London based artist who is currently in Peoria as an Artist-in-Resident at Bradley Univeristy. Her exhibiton at Project 1612 will include works and ideas she has developed upon while in Peoria. More of her work at: sophieansell.com
As an artist working in film and performance, storytelling is key to my practice. My work explores narratives. In particular, the stories which are fed to us as a society. Tales of Hollywood Glamour and Benefits Scroungers, Disney Fairytales and The Defecit, Beauty Standards and Austerity Measures. Some of these stories are thrilling, some are simple and some are boring but all are told so subtly and frequently that they threaten to become fact. I use dark humour to question and critique these modern media and political narratives.
I am an obsessive people watcher and find inspiration in everyday absurdities. I like to cut and collage the patterns I find, and re-present them with a sprinkling of subversive humour. Humour and art are, for me, political tools with which I aim to playfully disjoint the powerful fictions which govern our lives.