Sophia Vigne Welsh

Visual Artist

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Visual Artist based between Dublin and Wicklow. Currently completing my final year of Fine Art Media (BA Hons) in the National College of Art & Design.


"I had my existence. I was there.
Me in place and the place in me."

Seamus Heaney

An exploration of the ephemeral experiences of youth as they navigate educational institutions through a series of portraits and conversations. A cathartic process which attempts to destigmatize an alternative path of education and open up a conversation about what it means to be educated vs. schooled.

In September 2015 I began meeting with groups of young people to learn about their experiences within the education system. Through a series of workshops I interviewed and photographed these individuals returning to each group several times throughout the year. This is an ongoing project.

Corey

Kayleigh 

Sean

Hannah

Dessie

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

“We do not record flowers,” said the geographer.
“Why is that? The flower is the most beautiful thing on my planet!”
“We do not record them,’ said the geographer, “Because they are ephemeral.”
“What does that mean –‘ephemeral’?”
“Geographies”, said the geographer, “are the books which, of all books, are most concerned with matters of consequence. They never become old-fashioned. It is very rarely that a mountain changes its position. It is very rarely that an ocean empties itself of waters. We write of eternal things.”
“But extinct volcanoes may come to life again,” the little prince interrupted. “What does that mean –‘ephemeral’?” “Whether volcanoes are extinct or alive, it comes to the same thing for us, “ said the geographer. “The thing that matters to us is the mountain. It does not change.”
“But what does that mean –‘ephemeral’?” repeated the little prince, who never in his life had let go of a question, once he had asked it.
“It means, ‘which is in danger of speedy disappearance.’” “Is my flower in danger of speedy disappearance?” “Certainly it is.”

things i (found and) painted on and put together

Untitled I

Acrylic, spraypaint & marker on board

(fuck)

Acrylic, spray paint, marker, glitter, pencil, found objects on board

Untitled II

Spraypaint on board

heartbeat

Paper, tape, acrylic and spraypaint on perspex - scanned.

notebook pages

Breakfast Talks (2014)

black & white photography

negative scratches