The Bottle Trap – Sophie Blagden
Sophie is an artist and facilitator, whose practice includes sound, print, sculpture and costume.
Her works often reference places on the edge of a city, tucked in by green belts and infrastructure that is pushed outwards: ring roads, waste facilities, nature reserves. During her September residency at Back Lane West Sophie will be researching the Great Crested Newt as a symbol of slowness and resistance.
On Thursday 26th September, from 17.30, we gathered for pond slime cocktails and an informal reading of The Bottle Trap, a radio play developed by Sophie Blagden during her time at Back Lane West.
The Bottle Trap is a short domestic drama that considers the relationship of a pair of Great Crested Newts. Well known to property developers and ecologists alike, these elusive creatures can grind building projects to a halt.
Sophie Blagden’s research is supported by a Jerwood Bursary. Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. www.jerwoodarts.org
The Bottle Trap
Supported by Jerwood Arts
With thanks to Back Lane West
Voiced by Kate Turner and Seamus Gough
Production by Harold Stone and Alex Rayment www.alexrayment.com/
Thanks to Peter Toll, whose 2011 hydrophone recording ‘Pond Atmosphere’, was used to create the soundscape for ‘The Bottle Trap’. www.tollymusic.com’
Sophie Blagden is an artist and facilitator, often working with sound, print, sculpture and costume. Her practice focuses on how human experiences and marketing agendas can inform the way we see the creatures and landscapes around us.
Sophie was born in Hillingdon and lives and works in Croydon, where she is a studio member and Head of Learning at Turf Projects. Works often reference places on the edge of a city, tucked in by green belts and infrastructure that is often pushed outwards: ring roads, waste facilities, nature reserves.
Sophie graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art BFA in 2013 and received the Sue Jamieson Scholarship. Recent and upcoming projects include; Jerwood Supported residency & showcase at Back Lane West, Redruth, 2019; Serf & Turf at Serf, Leeds, 2019; Fig. 1 Limelight at Switchboard Studios, Walthamstow, 2018; Moonlighting, Muddy Yard, Brixton, 2017; Stones of Croydon Drawing Tour, Turf Projects, Croydon, 2016.
For more information on Sophie’s work visit sophieblagden.com