Details — Click to read
Published by Eyestorm
Sophie Smallhorn’s work explores the relationships between colour, volume and proportion through various mediums that include sculpture, print and large scale site-specific installations. Known for the strong use of colour within her work, probably her biggest project to date is her involvement in the creation of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium where she was commissioned to put together the changing spectrum of colours for the fabric wrap that runs around the outside of the building. Inspired by the colours of the Olympic rings and the flags of the 204 countries participating, Sophie worked with architects and designers to transform the monochrome structure into a dynamic object that was seen by the world in the summer of 2012.
Throughout the 1990s she exhibited regularly in solo exhibitions and in some group shows, both in London and abroad. Her first overseas exhibition was at Andrea Leenarts, Cologne, in 1998. A solo exhibition at Colette, Paris, in 1999 followed, as did further solo shows in London and Lyon. Public art commissions, include the Arts for Health project at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, 1994-95 and again in 1998 and an installation of coloured flags and objects for the reopening of Somerset House in The Strand, London, in summer 2000.
Outdoor sculptures include an arrangement of red blocks outside the Comme des Garçons flagship store in Tokyo (1999), while a scatter of coloured blocks can be seen in the grounds of the Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood.