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Sophia Egler

MA Fine Art

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and daunting, but for me it was shrouded in a personal narrative having spent my formative years as a child in Norwich. Using my voluntary displacement as a platform for investigation, I have become increasingly interested in how we interpret the world as a multi-layered sensory experience. As part of this investigation, my research explores the occurrence of involuntary memory, described by Marcel Proust as the “episode of the Madeleine.” In his novel In Search of Lost Time Proust describes an event where, as the Narrator bites into a tea soaked Madeleine, he is overtaken by a series of unexpected childhood memories.

Within my practice, I have become increasingly interested in understanding how perceptual experiences occur and how skilfully we use our senses in order to understand the objects and events around us as well as to provide “insights into our private sensations and feelings” (Bacci, 2001, p.1). Using both objects and moving image, my work makes reference to the phenomenon of Pareidolia, which given its simplest definition involves “vague or random stimulus (often image or sound) being perceived as significant” (Foner, 2012, p.15). As a consequence my practice seeks to question the stability of perception and memory.

Digital image

– Cumulus Cloud

Digital image

– Remembrance and experiences of the displaced self

Digital image

– Remembrance and experiences of the displaced self

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