Sophie Arup

Beginning with one small element or process, Sophie Arup takes duplication and repetition to the extreme.  Meditative in both the making and the viewing, Sophie’s work invites simultaneous contemplation of the tiniest of detail through to the infinite.  It is not surprising that Sophie descends from a family of engineers (and her initial training was in structural engineering), though she has now chosen to follow the more imaginative side of the design process.  It is, though, this experience that informs her practice and she continues to be fascinated by the rigour and discipline of mathematical progressions and fractals, playing with symmetry and asymmetry, order and chaos, tiny and huge, at the same time.

Often she uses the computer to design and experiment, but it is a very important part of her practice that the work is made by her own hand.  With the many small inaccuracies and mistakes that are made through human error, she breathes life into each completed piece and raises it above a mechanical design exercise.  By changing the viewer’s angle of vision or distance, each work has a dynamic presence within a space.  Whilst some works are two-dimensional, they invite the viewer to move; to look closely and then to stand back with a gaze that is constantly searching, unable to ever quite see the whole pattern at once.

“Like a starry night, the more you look the more you see, and it is this searching process that interests me, that if only you could go deeper into the pattern then all would be resolved.” Sophie Arup


University College London, BSc(eng) Civil Engineering
Camberwell College of Art, BA Fine Art


2014   ‘Sisters’ exhibition, Cole Gallery, London
2013   ‘Carte Blanche’, London Print Studio
2012   ‘International Paper Biennial’, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, Holland
2006   ‘Paperworks exhibition’, Bury Art Gallery, Bury
1996   ‘Engineering Art’, Swan Hunter Canteen Building, Wallsend
1995   ‘The third dimension’, Coopers and Lybrand, London
1993   ‘Flesh and Blood’, The Storey Institute, Lancaster


2006   Dining as Art, Los Angeles
2006   Giant Group, London
2003   Price and Myers, London
1997   Roof Terrace Sculpture, London
1997   The Body Shop, Oxford Street, London
1995   Coopers and Lybrand, London
1995   The Body Shop, The Louvre, Paris
1990   Olympia and York