Sophie Varin, 1993, FR, holds a MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
after getting a BA at the Beaux Arts de Paris and studying at Hunter College, New York.
Sophie Varin considers sculpture and painting as entangled fields of representations,
open to interpretations and activations. Very much connected to the way mimicry is
being used by animals, hunters and fishermen she uses her works as a way to formally
express human adaptabilites -or lack of it- to social contexts. Her investigations revolve
around conviviality, hospitality, and crafts, and the complexities and misinterpretations related to it.
By exaggerating, misusing or transforming common subjects, she creates distorted scenarios
where apparent familiarity shows a twisted face.
Fiction and suspense are important elements in the composition of her work. In 2017, she invented
the character of a french amateur detective, J.P Gutti, whose first adventures took place in Crete
in The Best Intentions of J.P Gutti, published in 2018 as her master's thesis.
From 2016 until 2018, Sophie Varin and Nick Thomas founded and programmed The FreeShop, an artist run initiative in Rotterdam.
She is currently working collaboratively with Vincent Vaury on a documentary about Jean-Philippe Varin,
her father, and retiring animal trainer and wildlife photographer (prod. Les Films de l'Instant, France 3)
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