To create art is to make an expression of the self, which reaches far beyond oneself – it goes beyond a single body, it goes beyond a specific time.
Art has the ability to change the dominant perceptions of the world. It has the power to create new spaces, in which we can free ourselves from the already given constructed ideas of reality.
The most important ability as an artist might very well be the ability to step away from this constructed reality, in order to detect and recognize the invisible forces that establishes it.
In a work of art an individual tries to attain something of utmost importance for oneself and to communicate this to the surrounding world. Choosing art is an important task, as it can bring new definitions, realizations and possibilities to mind.
Art originates from the complete human; the ego, the self, the conscious and the subconscious, the spiritual, linguistics, the inarticulable, from history, sensuality, the emotional, the physical and the mental, to ideologies and culture.
To me, art is a constant investigation of the concept of being human. It can be compared to the work of an anthropologist as I also relate to the basic as well as more abstract concepts – to the definitions of humanity, gender, body, breathing, intellect, thoughts, politics, philosophy and religion. It is important to fulfill all of ones potential. It is here a great advantage to be open-minded and willing to take psychological risks. It is important that the creation of art comes from an inner necessity, despite it might be “wrong” or embarrassing in your specific lifetime. It requires a great deal of patience, and that you don’t judge your creative process and artwork, but that the work is driven forward by passion, freedom, and desire.
My work often has an existential and poetic focal point, which is emphasized by my minimalistic approach and use of materials. Rituals and repetitions are recurring themes in my art. Through these I explore the contradictions and the connections between art and life, subject and object, body and psyche, dynamics and the unalterable. My prior artworks have therefore been quiet, poetic studies of breathing, bodyweight, balance and movement. My examinations are based on the idea that certain actions directly challenge the body and mind, which leads to a transformation and deeper realization of ourselves and the world that we are part of.
Sophie Dupont is educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in 2007, and has studied Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School (The Place). Sophie Dupont primarily works within the performance genre.