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Sophie Kahn

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Head of a Young Woman, Bronze (from 3d laser scan), life-size, 2004
Figure of a Young Woman, Sleeping, 2006, Epoxy & plaster (from 3d laser scan), life-size, 2006
Untitled (from Strange To Inhabit the Earth No Longer), archival chromogenic print (from 3d laser scan), 2005, 39" x 55", 1/3
Untitled, archival chromogenic print (from 3d laser scan), 2008, 30" x 30", 1/3
Untitled, archival chromogenic print (from 3d LiDAR scan), 2009, 55" x 78", 1/3
Artist's Statement

My work addresses the erotics of death in the still image. It owes its Victorian-futurist aesthetic to the interaction of new and old media, or the digital and the analogue: 3d laser scanning and 3d printing and the comparatively ancient technology of bronze casting.

The precise technology at the laboratory at which I scanned myself was never designed to represent the body, which is always in flux. When confronted with movement and breath it generates fragmentary results. But the scanning process generates other referents too. The closed eyes and deathly, frozen attitude of the scanned bodies also resemble death masks and memorial statuary. These echoes link my practice to its photographic origins, and to the long intimacy between representation and death. It is this concern that is the thread combining the historical and contemporary technologies used in the making of this work.


Sophie has presented individual and group exhibitions at artist-run, public and commercial spaces in Melbourne, Australia (Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, West Space, 24Seven, Linden, Monash Gallery of Art, Spacement), Sydney (Performance Space, Stills Gallery, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales), Seoul (Loop Alternative Art Space), Tokyo (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, DesignFesta, Tokyo Big Sight), Osaka (Arts Aporia), Singapore (Graphite at NTEU), Paris (Musee des Sciences de L'Homme), Washington DC (The Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museum - upcoming in 2010), and New York City (Space 414 and the Armory Show).

She has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including the 2009 Wynn Newhouse award (US), the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (Aus) and the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, Europe and the United States.