Sophia Whitney Hewson
25 May – 20 June 2021
Opening Thursday 27th May, 6 – 8pm
For ‘Divided Subject’, Hewson creates a body of work designed to exist in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Bronze sculptures – one of the most durable human made materials – are built to be exhumed as relics of a time when Covid-19 ravaged, autocrats ruled, and Black Lives Matter marches erupted worldwide. All works were produced through 2020 COVID lockdown. The title is a reference to Hewson’s psychoanalytic training and the notion of a sudden unconscious eruption.
Hewson has completed numerous research projects and solo exhibitions including ‘Untitled (Sleeping) 2017’, where she remained asleep in the gallery space for the duration of the exhibition; ‘Untitled (Hildale)’, where she entered the notorious FLDS cult community and lived with the members for 10 days in Utah in 2015; ‘Untitled (are you ok bob)’, where Hewson shot notorious video work/rape representation in New York in 2015; and ‘Untitled (Ron)’, where she spent two weeks interviewing pornography actors and following Ron Jeremy in Los Angeles in 2015.
Hewson awards and residencies include being a Ramsay Art Prize finalist in 2019, completing a six month residency at Residency Unlimited in New York (2015). She was a recipient of the 2014 Northern Centre for Contemporary Art international project, and was selected by Art Collector as one of Australia’s 50 most collectible artists in 2011.She is currently studying at the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis in Melbourne