The Hole


Comfortable Stress

Sophia Van Wyk

Tiered Wedding Cake I

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Medium Charcoal on Fabriano Paper
Height (cm) 48
Width (cm) 34
Artist Sophia Van Wyk
Year Created 2019

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The sculptor and multimedia artist made this work in response to an exhibition theme: `Something Other - A diversion in the career of the artist' for NO END Contemporary Gallery. This artwork based on Van Wyk’s bronze artwork called The people are still rising. A bronze sculpture van Wyk made and casted in Madrid at Capa Escultura Foundry while participating in the El Ranchito at Matadero, Madrid. Sophia van Wyk captures significant moments, both socio-political and personal in her artworks. Her art practice is ritualistic and a method of connecting to her subconscious. On significant days in her life Van Wyk documents shapes of moving clouds through photographs, film and sketches, then archives it through her art. Her forms are developed by strategies of automatism, chance and association. She creates subversive biomorphic sculptural and painted shapes garnered from her interaction with the world. Her painted sculpture bases take the shape of a traditional tiered wedding cake. This references the symbol of the “woman as dessert”, which according to the academic Caitlin Hines (cited in Bucholtz, A, Liang, C & Sutton, L 146:1999) “reduces woman to the status of objects, with the attendant implication of powerlessness, inanimacy, and procurability”. The sculpture bases furthermore allude to the notion that woman are often portrayed as one dimensional objects to be consumed, and continue to be deemed sexualised commodities objectified by the media for male consumption. Van Wyk’s bronze sculptures evoke transgressive cake toppers, commenting on social issues such as fertility, social-political passivity, entrenched patriarchy, birth and memory. She uses the familiar as a starting point to create unsettling and fantastical objects which reflect gender complexity. Through her artworks van Wyk aims to disrupt normative white middle class hereto-femininity and break away from limiting historically defined conceptions of female identity.