Material exploration lies at the heart of my practice, particularly how materials can incite a psychophysical response. My work is concerned with reframing our relationship to the body, not just the human or animal body, but bodies that offer up hybrid alternatives to the subjective self.
I have a longstanding interest in the seabed as a site of protean transformation and my recent work centres on the phenomenon of ‘whale fall,’ when the carcass of a whale falls to the ocean floor creating a deep-sea ecosystem. My work explores fragments, elements removed from the wider context of the body, to create new speculative bodies from decomposing carcasses and the creatures that feed on them. Fragments speak to the life an element had before, whilst enabling disparate parts to meet and merge in new uncanny encounters.
Bio: Sophie Mei Birkin [b.1995] is a London based artist currently completing her MA in sculpture and contemporary art theory at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she has been awarded the Euan Uglow Scholarship. This year she has been awarded an Emerging Artist Award by Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation. Her recent exhibitions include: Schemata: Vortex, a virtual exhibition by Corsica Studios and New Art City , Icarus Blue, a live-streamed digital collaboration aired on Netil Radio , London Grads Now at the Saatchi Gallery  and 5 Hours at 42 Molton St .