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Sophie Chalk is a transdiciplinary photographic artist working primarily with concepts of queer ecology and historical archive. Drawing upon photographic history and theory, her works are powered by the notion that photography can be a driving force for social engagement and change.
Utilizing methods from authentic 19th Century historical alternative photographic processes to cameraless techniques such as botanical printing and some of their own creation; Chalk's portfolio features falsified archives of queer stories, through to ephemeral, color-shifting botanical prints created by (mis)using museum grade chemistry. Chalk's practice ultimately examines the role of the photographic in the contemporary landscape as a medium that has the potential to invite us to re-see and witness again. Creating direct avenues and opportunities to challenge our existing perception.
Chalk earned her BFA in Digital Media & Film at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and her MFA in Photography at Parsons School of Design in new York. Currently based in the US, she has exhibited in Melbourne, Adelaide, Pingyao, Bandung New York and Barcelona.