Sophie Knezic is a writer, scholar and visual artist who works between practice and theory. Her PhD research was an in-depth investigation of the aesthetics and metaphysics of transparency. Her current research focuses on moving image and sound art, and humour in contemporary art. Sophie's inter-disciplinary research is conducted across art history, visual culture, literary fiction and science fiction, with a particular focus on art theory and Continental philosophy. Her studio-based practice explores durational processes, the sensual attributes of matter, utopian constructs and temporality.
Over the past 18 years Sophie has participated in numerous exhibitions in artist-run spaces, commercial galleries and public venues across Melbourne and has held solo shows at Linden Contemporary Art Centre, Blindside, Kings ARI, Area Contemporary Art Space and Charles Nodrum Gallery. She has undertaken international studio residencies in Spain (2009), Japan (2002) and France (2001) and has received several awards including grants from Arts Victoria (2003), the City of Melbourne (2005 and 2008), the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2001) as well as an Australian Postgraduate Award (2009) to undertake her PhD. Her work is held in the collections of the Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre, Sydney and KAIR, Kamiyama, Japan.
Sophie's critical writing on contemporary art, literature and design has been published in Frieze, Broadsheet Journal, Evental Aesthetics: An Independent Journal of Philosophy, Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, Art Monthly Australasia, Australian Book Review, Un Magazine, Artlink and Object Magazine. Sophie is currently a Lecturer (Sessional) in Critical and Theoretical Studies, VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne.