Sophia Nuske’s sculptural practice uses the medium of ceramics to reproduce everyday items. Mimicking items such as light switches, playstation controllers, pencils and doorknobs, she creates replicas by hand, re-forming every detail in clay. Nuske’s works investigate the cultural meaning and significance commonplace and manmade objects. She aims to question our ambivalence towards the objects we take for granted, restoring significance by elevating them to the position of an art object.
Nuske’s objects become subverted through imitation, allowing her to present a new take. She “invites the viewer to rethink their interaction with the actual objects, re-evaluating them and their ability to carry meaning.” Humour plays a role, with wordplay bringing another level to the work; the engaged sign on a toilet door lock becomes enraged, and a light switch bears the word Libido.
Sophia Nuske completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the South Australian School of Art in 2010, specialising in Ceramics and completed her honours year in 2013. Nuske co-curated Germinate as part of the Australian Ceramics Triennale in 2012. She has also exhibited at the SASA Gallery Project Space (SA); Magazine Gallery (SA); Format Gallery (SA); and was selected for the 2011 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition (SA). In 2014 Nuske will travel to Jingdezhen, China for a ceramics residency through the Helpmann Academy.
image: Sophia Nuske, When you’re feeling Shitty