This is perhaps one of Sophies more conceptual pieces that has a lot of context and social inspiration behind it. The project was formulated by the meaning she interpreted from a particular location in Sweden, but yet has relevance to society worldwide. It uses material, detail and colour to communicate the message and concept that she was working with.
This project began by choosing a location along the Dalsland Canal. Sophie chose the small Swedish village, Dals Långed for two reasons that inspired this piece. The disappearance of the paper industry that once created the village, and the abundance of international inhabitants that now live there. She wanted to use paper as a material to represent hidden potential and concealed beauty that exists in the layering of a multicultural community.
She formulated her concept using the inspiration and meaning she discovered in interactions with a Syrian Artist named Habib Alraii. Breaking Surface is a synonym for something to emerge from under a surface. Sophie hopes to encourage discussions around integration, appreciation and celebration of the things that make us different or qualities we do not yet know about each other.
Breaking surface, is a statement first and foremost, but can be appreciated and used as a product. The paper is extremely stable (as if it were wood) and the option of a finish would seal it to ensure its usability and function as a working table. Sophie always likes to have solutions in mind when thinking of new contexts for the pieces made in the future. Therefore breaking surface with some technical and material adjustments could easily become a producible product.