Sophie Xeros – Biography
Sophia Xeros-Constantinides’ art explores the female form and questions what it is to be human. Her art-practice is characterized by appropriation and juxtaposition, which manifest in her collage works on paper and in her prints and drawings. These works challenge integrity and identity, recall surrealistic and uncanny forces and give expression to alternative realities.
She was a selected exhibitor in the 2010 Swan Hill Print & Drawing Prize, in the 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper Exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, and in the 2010 Fremantle Print Prize.
Xeros-Constantinides is a Post-Graduate PhD student with the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University, Caulfield. She has exhibited prints at the Impact-7 International Printmaking Conference at Monash University in September 2011, and presented a conference paper entitled Fertile Bodies: Fearsome space, collage and the maternal print archive.
Corpus luteum (2003-4) series of 18 works
The term Corpus luteum, refers to the scar-tissue on the surface of the ovary, where the woman’s egg has been released for fertilization by sperm. It produces hormone to maintain a pregnancy, until the placenta takes over, allowing the foetus to grow into a baby.
The works use layering and veiling to suggest the inside of the body, and the mind. Using garments, fabric, found objects and antique obstetric engravings printed onto silk organza, the female form as site of procreative experience is constructed. Each installation is photographed digitally and printed on Duroflex photographic paper.