Bio

Sophie Templeton is interested in the application of the female body as a vehicle to challenge society’s restrictive approach to femininity and female sexuality. She creates grotesquely contorted creatures- primarily angst-inducing sculptural installations and drawings. Her work exhibits distortions of basic feminine anatomy as a means to contradict the limitations that are imposed upon a female’s body, and subsequently her identity, by socially accepted patriarchal mentalities. By taking ownership of the form and repurposing it against heteronormative prejudices, Sophie's work demonstrates an unashamed, outspoken reclamation of power. Since there is often an overtly erotic undercurrent throughout her working practice, she is able to investigate issues surrounding female desire and the links between sexuality and beauty within Western society.  Her work presents a somewhat obscene- yet honest- narrative that intends to alarm the audience, forcing them to reconsider feminist arguments. Sophie enjoys creating confusion in the viewer and recognise, while often bizarre, her work emanates a sense of familiarity whilst simultaneously inciting a deep emotional reaction.

Skills & Experience
  • GRIMOIRE FANZINE- March 2021- Grimoire featured three of Sophie's artworks in their Fifth Volume. They focus on delivering disturbing, provocative content, between reality and fiction.
  • AVERT YOUR EYES- December 2019- Sophie sourced, organised and curated an outdoor exhibition in Vilnius’ most accessible exhibition space with eight other artists.
  • EPOCH8- 2018 - She was a main figure in the creation and running of the art collective EPOCH8. They developed from an anchored artist run gallery space, hosted by Interview Room 11, in Muirhouse, Edinburgh to an incredibly successful collective.
  • SOCIUS 8- 28th October- 4th November 2018- Working with Dok artist space, Sophie exhibited her work as part of their members show. The Steel Shed, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ.
  • MAKING CHALK MARKS ON WATER- July, 2018 - She exhibited artworks created in response to the Embassy Gallery’s archives as part of a two-week exhibition. Embassy Gallery, 10B Broughton St Ln, Edinburgh EH1 3LY
  • GENERATOR- April 2018- Sophie exhibited a piece of work in response to the Generator Project’s archives. Generator Projects, Unit 25/26/Mid Wynd Ind Est, Dundee DD1 4JG.
  • DISPERSAL- May/June 2016-2018. Her work was presented in exhibitions hosted by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh EH6 4JT and Summerhall, Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Nude, contorted composition of nuclear family
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Family Paws, April 2021, Ink
Pencil drawing with nipples
February 2021, Colour Pencil and Ink
Kneeling armless human with gaping mouth
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April 2021, Ink
Pencil drawing of disjointed figure
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Gnaw, September 2020, Pencil
Tall figure looming over seated female figure in enclosed room
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March 2021, Pencil
Charcoal drawing of faceless humanoid monster
Crouch, March 2021, Charcoal
Humanoid Drawing
Sinew, December 2020, Ink
Painting of drooling woman
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Cared, September 2020, Acrylic Paint
Painting of a man puncturing a woman's heart as she gasps
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February 2021, Acrylic paint
Being sits in front of hilled landscape, its nose becomes a four pronged hand
February 2021, Ink
Ink drawing of a bound suspended female body
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Binds, April 2021, Ink and Pencil
Ink drawing of being in ballet pose
Strike, February 2021, Ink
Ink drawing of male eating female's face
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April 2021, Ink
Acrylic triptych. Naked woman stands as alien organism attempts to suckle at her breasts.
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Cavitation, April 2021, Acrylic on Canvas
I appear draped, naked, around my monstrous woman in a small bedroom
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January 2021, Digital Photograph
Watercolour. A one armed, eye-less woman sits at a table. A hand extends from the table cloth.
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Feeding, February 2021, Watercolour
Clay figurative sculpture depicting the stomach, vagina and upper thigh
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February 2020, Clay
Clay sculpture of the leg, dissected into three elements, jig-sawed together
Dissect, October 2020, Clay on found pallet
Large looming worm-shaped sculpture, made from assorted textiles and latex. Man lies on floor beneath it.
Eye Contact, November 2020, Assorted Textiles, Paint, Glue, Latex, Varnish, Plastic
Monstrous female sculpture sits on dining room chair in the middle of a field at sunset
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January 2021, Sculptural Installation with Dining Room Chair, Clay, Paint, Varnish, Acrylic Fur, Acrylic Denture, Steel, Chair
Monstrous female sculpture sits on a bridge in a rural setting
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Situ, May 2021, Clay, Paint, Varnish, Acrylic Fur, Acrylic Denture, Steel
Close up of monstrous female sculpture sits on a bridge in a rural setting
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Situ close-up, May 2021, Clay, Paint, Varnish, Acrylic Fur, Acrylic Denture, Steel
Naked nuclear family sculptures set up as a family photograph
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Spitting image, April 2021, Clay, Textiles, Wool, Paint, Varnish, Doll and Plastic, Acrylic Fur, MDF
Lino print series of organic shapes
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December 2020, Lino print
Large humanoid charcoal drawings presented on adjacent gallery walls
Charcoal Series Installation Proposal, March 2021
Large-scale overpowering abstracted masculine sculpture proposal with an exaggerated oversized penis
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Mixed Media Installation Proposal, April 2021
Ink triptych proposal. Each piece presenting slight organic, humanistic qualities
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Ink Series, 2020-21
Ink triptych proposal. Each piece presenting slight organic, humanistic qualities
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Ink Series, 2020-21
Drawing of a seated, cross armed individual
Perch, February 2021, Ink and Pencil