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BIO

Sophie Berenika Broch (b. 1990, Oslo) is a Norwegian ceramic artist based in Tromsø. Recognizable for her work is variations and deconstructions of enlarged moose teeth produced using 3D-printing and casting techniques. Her works embody a diversity of textures, shapes and colours inspired by lost and weathered objects she has gathered throughout her life; curiosities which act as a point of reference. Based on the objects and what nature's processes shows her, she digs and searches for her own nature in the clay.

 

Her art practice has since graduating in 2018 been thematising environmental issues, in her local environment and in the world. Currently she is looking deeper into how to make her art practice more environmental friendly, with looking at how to change out materials she is getting sent from a far with local resources found in the local Arctic region.

CURRENTLY

biography
artist statement

project leader, Tromsø Open 2023, Tromsø

assistant for Marit Ellisiv Landsend, Arts Council Norway, 2022-2023 

junior curator, Strandtorget - Mandela, Tromsø kommune 

board member, The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts : North Norway

ARTIST STATEMENT

The continuous dialogue in which the clay invites, is something I actively use

in the creative process.


I add, remove, push and stroke the clay until I achieve an expression that appeals to me.
The expression is guided by the dialogue between the clay,
my hands and mind during the creation process. 

 

My mind has its preferences which seeks its impression in the clay. The preferences are the surfaces, structures and colors of objects where natural weathering processes have left their marks. The surfaces, tints and shades that these processes generate over time, are expressions I yearn for and have been attracted to for a long time. 

 

Thus, by observational transformation and persistent processing of the clay’s materiality, shapes with expressions that engages me emerge and speak to me: 

 

«I have the right of life».

curriculum vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

2015-2018    BFA in medium and material based art, ceramics, National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway
2016-2017    1 semester abroad, studying art at Akademia Sztuk Pieknych we Wroclawiu, Wroclaw, Poland
2013-2014    1 year abroad, studying art at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

2010-2014    4-year teacher education program, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

EXHIBITIONS

juried exhibitions

2021        Nordnorsken 2021, Bodø - Svolvær - Mosjøen - Harstad - Vadsø, Norway

2020        Juleutstillingen 2020, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2019        NÅ ER DET JUL IGJEN, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2018        Sommerutstilling 2018, Soon Seilforening, Son, Norway
2014        Juvenarte 2014 REMIGRATION, TM51, Oslo, Norway

selected group exhibitions

2022       Frie hender", Pikene på broen, Kirkenes, Norway

2020        Nord og Never, Galleri Nord-Norge, Harstad, Norway

2020        Komprimert, Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway

2020        Tromsø Open Art Shop, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway

2018        Graduate show 2018, BFA in medium- and material based art, KHiO, Oslo, Norway
2018        I never saw a crack I didn’t like, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway

2017        Open Call Vo. 03, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway

2017        Wood firing with Torbjørn Kvasbøe, Cabinet gallery, KHiO, Oslo, Norway 
2017        Erasmus eXhibition 2017, ASP we Wrocławiu, Poland
2015        Open Call 2015, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway

GRANTS

2022       Artist assistant, Arts and Culture Norway, 1 Year

2021       Reisestøtte 2021, Norske Kunsthåndverkere

2021       Hjemmeresidens 2021, Sparebank1 Nord-Norge

2020       Tilskudd 2020, Tromsø kommune

2020       Talentstipendet 2020, Sparebankstiftelsen Sparebank1 Nord-Norge

2019       Støtte til kunstnerdrevne salgs- og visningssteder av kunsthåndverk, The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts

2019       Miscellaneous grant for recently graduated artists, Government Grants for Artists

MEMBERSHIPS

The North-Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NKNN)

The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK)

Kunstnerne i Tromsø (KiT)

POSITIONS

2022-2024        Board member, NKNN

2021-2022        Deputy board member, NKNN

GALLERIES

Jugendstilsenteret og KUBE, Ålesund, Norway

Nordnorsk kunstnersenter, Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway

Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

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