Sophy Rickett


Sophy Rickett works with photography, video installation and text. Much of her work explores the tension between the narrative tendencies and abstract possibilities of the photographic image. Her works have a minimal quality, and create spatial plays and ambiguities that draw attention to the material nature of the photograph rather than to the receding illusory space behind the picture plane. Often working at night, and with landscape, she is interested in the contingent nature of the documentary image, exploring different ways of resisting its representational orthodoxy.
Rickett came to prominence in the late 1990s shortly after she graduated from the Royal College of Art. She has undertaken commissions for several institutions including Photoworks, The Institute of Astronomy and Arnolfini and has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Her work is included in many collections, including The Government Art Collection, London; FRAC, Alsace; Pompidou, Paris; Musée des Beaux Art Nantes, and the Re Rebaundengo, Turin.