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Originally from Hampshire, Sophie Morrish moved from central London, where she studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, to mainland Scotland in 1996.
Working as a lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, Morrish developed her creative practice in what she refers to as her ‘Walden Years’, living in a caravan at the foot of the Campsie Fells. From here she moved to the heart of The Great Forest of Loch Ard in the Trossachs, where a life long fascination with the natural world continued to inform the progress of her work. For ten years, 2007-17, Morrish relocated to North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.‘Morrish’s work of this decade is characterized by her imaginative interaction with the landscape of the remote coastline of North Uist. Acknowledging the realities of chance and synchronicity (‘meaningful coincidence’), her work emerges from prolonged acts of close attention to the events and objects of the natural world around her. Walking, beachcombing, photography and collecting – feathers, carcasses, bones, pebbles, egg fragments, seaweeds, beached flotsam – are her principal means to an intense primary engagement with the dynamic actualities of life and death on the shore of the world. Her re-working and arrangement of these media and materials in beautiful and meticulous drawings, paintings, photographic displays and spectacular arrays of natural objects are rich with ontological, taxonomical, political and aesthetic implications. Morrish turns our gaze back to the natural world and re-defines our deepest connection to it.’ Mel Gooding, Art Writer & Curator
Morrish is a member of the Board of ATLAS Arts on Skye, ‘Land2’ environmental art research group, (University of Leeds),and has more than twenty years experience teaching in places as diverse Glasgow School of Art, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China, H.M.Prison Brixton and M.S. University Vadodra, India.