Sophie Lourdes Knight:At Rest
Acrylic on canvas
78 3/4 x 63 inches
At Rest magnifies an anatomical detail of a horse’s hooves and forlocks. Depicted against a plain backdrop of cool grey, Knight emphasises the form of the feet and offers the viewer an undisrupted field in which to contemplate the subject matter. By cropping the horse’s legs and feet and detaching them from the rest of the animal’s body, Knight decontextualises her subject matter, creating an alternative spatial dimension on the canvas, detached from the traditional spatial dimension of the everyday. The artist’s smooth, sweeping brushstrokes lend the painting its sense of monumentality and texture. Poignantly, Knight titles the work At Rest, depicting the horse’s feet in a classical stance of repose; the artist creates a quiet moment for contemplation for objects that we would usually expect to see moving.
Sophie Lourdes Knight seeks to disrupt hierarchical value structures in her work. Dismantling the traditional vertical structure, Knight places overlooked, everyday items on a level with traditional objects of beauty and value. Working on a large scale, Knight evokes a religious idolisation of her objects, transcending their usual physical limitation. Architectural details, ceiling lamps and engines coalesce with strings of pearls, chandeliers and cosmological symbols.
B. United States1992
Sophie Lourdes Knight (born 1992) studied at California College of the Arts, graduating with a BFA in 2014, and at the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating with an MFA in 2022. Her work has recently been shown in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Boston, as well as group exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Golden Foundation, New York. In both 2019 and 2020, she was the recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
Knight lives and works in London.