PERFORMING PARENTHOOD 2017 OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Sophie Cero (UK, Northamptonshire)
Manual Labour (wipe) (2016)
“As part of a series of eight films embedded in the perfectly white walls of Still Life’s gallery/house, Manual Labours (wipe) offers an eternal monotony that reveals both a specificity and a universality of domestic experience.
The presentation of each of the Manual Labour works relates to the enduring, repetitive nature and fug of existence that surrounds all activity during early parenthood, one that gradually recedes in clarity to the soft haze of comfort food.
Manual Labour (wipe) represents the maniacal cleaning a new baby instills, whereby all surfaces suddenly becoming high alert danger zones; the cleaning, wiping and endless scouring of surfaces that are embedded with germs and threat. With the work(s) the battle of endurance loops endlessly with true Sisyphean sensibility.”
Prior to graduating MA Fine Art at Middlesex University with Distinction, Sophie Cero worked as Producer/Director for Granada Television and studied Textiles/Fashion, specialising in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has exhibited widely, has created multiple site-specific, socially engaged projects for Tate Liverpool and the National Trust and has had live, haptic performance works included in Gnarlfest and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.