Collage: Challenging Scale, Space and Environment



Sophie Victoria Elliott.

Work in progress for the residency at Milkwood Gallery, Roath, Cardiff.

This collage is made up of images and words responding to the journey I am making between Caerphilly and Milkwood Gallery via public transport and my bike. This projects promotes the ecological benefits of using sustainable and public transports.



Poster: Concluding Night

Sophie Victoria Elliott ‘Poster Design: AIR Milkwood July 2012’ Graphic Design, June 2012.

DIS / location

DIS / location ‘The Form of the River’ Graphic Collage, June 2012.

DIS / location Comprises of:

Philip Cheater

Sophie Victoria Elliott

This collaboration seeks to engage in a dialogue. Sophie is from Wales but currently lives in England and Phil is from England currently living in Wales. With this they both share an understanding of re-location, travel and distance from ‘home’.

This particular piece is in response to Sophie’s current residency for the Cardiff Cycle Festival. Both Phil and Sophie use cycling as a key mode of transport. By combining photographs on their travels, found images of the locations from the past, landscape references to contours, signage found en-route and colours derived from those journeys only they aim to communicate dislocation from their homeland by discovering the nuances of their new homes.

Sophie Victoria Elliott: Collective Composites Close-up

Close-ups of the collages previously posted. Having taken close-up images I will work with those pictures to inspire new compositions.

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.