Born in Aylesbury in 1972, Macpherson graduated in 1996 with a BA in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art. Macpherson served as a committee member at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow from 1998 to 2000.
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Synth’, Kunstraum B/2, Leipzig (2004); ‘Sophie Macpherson & Daria Martin’, GSS, Glasgow (2004); ‘Pallas’, The Changing Room, Stirling (2003) and ‘Greyscale/CMYK’, Tramway, Glasgow/Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2003). Macpherson lives and works in Glasgow.
Macpherson makes sculptures, drawings and photographs which are often presented in close proximity, suggesting interrelated fictions. A recurrent humorous subject might be the ersatz confidence of a Bauhaus-schooled Sally Bowles, in whose divinely decadent fabrications satin surfaces of brightly coloured gloss paint are belied by a patent diy roughness. Her large-scale installations frequently resemble stages or catwalks with echoes of Busby Berkeley and the sardonic glitz of Berlin cabaret. The accompanying drawings, like abstracted fashion illustration in coloured pencils,possess both wry elegance and a beguiling lightness of touch making silhouettes of the patterns on art-deco-like costumes refracted through a process of sinister-tinged patterning. Sophie Macpherson is represented by Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow.
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Limited Edition Polymer Photogravure
Edition of 45
78 x 68 cm