Sophie Victoria Elliott: Prior to Milkwood


Geology inspires the analysis of the landscape. A plethora of media engages with the idea of landscapes as harmoniously destructive and reconstructive. The simultaneous opposing aspects of nature inspire the newest avenue of work where macrocosm and microcosm cannot be ignored. Can the work communicate both the intricacy of the atom and the sublime of a cosmos?


The landscape viewed in the context of geology is inescapable in Wales. Eroded Mountains once the size of the Himalayas in the North, wrapped in 870 miles of coastline exposing the subterranean, rivers carve, glaciated valleys aplenty and the old Welsh industries often driven by coal, slate or ore extraction, saturate the Welsh landscape.

The way in which I paint is mimetic of geological processes; erosion, saturation, crystallisation, alluvial fans are among many. However, the geological inspirations are not limited to the paintings. Photography, drawing, map manipulation, intricate hand-cut work  and translating the paintings in to scientific maps extend the geological fascination. But without the paintings none of this would be possible.

The residency at Ackworth School has introduced the use of old local maps from the 1800s, a geology map of Britain from 1908 along with many discarded geography books from the Geography Department. Coal Mining became an obvious relationship between Caerphilly, where I have come from, to West Yorkshire, where I currently live. Mapping and contouring the drawings and paintings were a result. The ‘Cut-Outs’ body of work connect back to the questioning of how to communicate the subterranean landscape.



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What wonderful work, look forward to the show !

Comment by emily

Thank you, the opening should be Thursday 12th July.

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