Collage is a medium I always experiment with in my work but can never seem to master. I have spent hours of my life drooling over the work of collage masters Hannah Hoch, Linda Sterling and Beth Hoeckle- just some of my favourites who seem to make magic with the classic cut and stick process I just can’t seem to grasp.
I first met Sophie Goodchild whilst we were both slaves to retail at Topshop, and soon learnt she was quite the fine artist- collage, printmaking and painting being her most frequent methods of working. I’ve since spent a lot of time feasting my eyes on her wonderful collages just like I have done my favourites. I caught up with her for a chat about her practise and what she has planned as she enters the scary third and final year of a Fine Art course.
First and foremost, introduce yourself!
My name is Sophie Goodchild and I am currently about to go into my third year at Kingston University studying Fine Art, feeling very apprehensive but with a little excitement thrown in.
Describe your practise in three words:
What first attracted you to painting and printmaking?
I have no idea.
When I was at Manchester School of Art doing my foundation I wasn’t at all interested in either painting or printmaking- despite the incredible printmaking facility they had. I was always a bit scared to try it out. Well, it wasn’t that I wasn’t interested, (day after day I would see student’s paintings and be in awe and wonder how on earth they were producing pieces like that- two names especially! Sarinda Devine and Felix Carr, now both up arting themselves away in Scotland) I had just never thought of actually delving into those mediums. I was actually slowly starting to work with collage which is a large chunk of my so far practise whilst being at Kingston, but I had actually began to employ voyeurism into my work.
Sometimes, it’s the simplest of ideas combined with the most mundane of materials that create the most inspiring art works. Jim Lambie’s materials of choice include plastic bags, electrical tape and household objects such as coat hangers and mirrors- items we see every day, but on acid.