BIO

Sophie Berenika Broch was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1990 and got her first adult experience with clay & ceramics while studying abroad at San Francisco State University in 2013. The clay sedimented in her fingers and her mind, and led her to apply to the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo), where she graduated with a BFA in ceramic art in 2018.

After finishing her degree, she moved north of the polar circle, to Lofoten; a group of islands where you're forever surrounded by the salty sea, magnificent mountains and where the aurora borealis occasionally lights up the dark sky. There she worked as an assistant for Cecilie Haaland in her ceramic workshop in Henningsvær.

Broch then spent six months in Vesterålen, a group of islands further north, where she had a pop-up store selling ceramic art & pottery from an old fashioned grocery store in the beautiful coastal fisher village Nyksund.

As of August 2019, Broch is living in Tromsø - in popular speech called the Paris of the North - where she is establishing her studio and continuing her dialogue with clay.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Clay is a vigorous and engaging material - it gives an instant response when touching it. 

 

This continuous dialogue that the clay invites to, is something I actively use in the creative process and which constantly steers my works in new directions. 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

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, 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

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

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

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 Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK)

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

GALLERIES

Nordnorsk kunstnersenter, Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway

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