– Highlights

highlight
Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

highlight
Exhibition

The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

highlight
Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

– Learning Events

highlight
Workshop

Art Safari

26 May, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

highlight
Performance

Tribunal

03 Jun, 6.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

highlight
Event

HANDFED

04 Jun, 9.00am, Level 4: Sculpture Terrace

– News from inside the MCA

Farewell Linda Marrinon Artist Room

We bid a fond farewell to Linda Marrinon’s Artist Room more

Zines, zines, zines

'It can be what you want it to be’. Stallholders at the 2017 MCA Zine Fair say it how it is. more

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

highlight
MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Sophie Coombs

Untitled sc/ab/102/2001  2001

artists book, ink on paper, satin cover

97 × 65 × 12cm, closed

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2006

2006.18

About the Artwork

Sophie Coombs’ multi-disciplinary artistic practice includes drawing, the production of artist’s books, sculpture and installation.

These intricately drawn works on paper testify to an obsessive, detailed drawing practice, on which the artist works for concentrated periods of time. For Coombs, ‘metaphysical drawing’ is a meditative activity as well as a way of comprehending the imaginary and the material world. Thoughts are reproduced as patterns, and drawing becomes a form of writing, akin to keeping a journal. The link between stream-of-consciousness and the activity of the hand is paramount.

Starting with a blank piece of paper, and using felt and fountain pens, Coombs gradually fills the surface with small conjoined freehand circles that play with difference in line, texture and tone. Working on a drawing over a period of months, Coombs’ composition as she describes it will ‘unfold’. The immersive process is the key rather than the pursuit of a particular result.

Sophie Coombs

– About the artist

Born 1971 London. Lives and works Sydney.


Sophie Coombs’ artistic practice has spanned more than two decades. She has worked in sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation, drawing and artist’s books. Her work has been exhibited in Australia and overseas and is represented in public and private collections.
 
Solo exhibitions include Sophie Coombs: Never Never, Yuill | Crowley Gallery, Sydney (2006); TECHNO, Tamworth City Gallery, Tamworth (1996); blind, Yuill | Crowley Gallery, Sydney (2007); Of Other Spaces…, Casula Powerhouse (1995). Group exhibitions include Paintings by Sophie Coombs and Dennis Lloyd Burgess, South, Sydney (2010); MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context 2010, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2010); MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006)

Learn more
– Other collection works by the artist

– View also

All
Works

Related Exhibitions

In the Shop