I’m interested in the concept of reality, how it is perceived and filtered, and how it is in constant fluctuation between what is and what is not. I’m intrigued and fascinated by the technical aspects of the photographic medium, and in my work I seek to experiment with and push the boundaries of conventional photographic technique. In my process of mechanical experimentation (in camera) combined with digital experimentation in the post processing phase, I want to free the photograph from the constraints of documenting reality as we usually know it. Traditionally, a photograph captures a single moment in time. In my work, I try to expand that instant, by letting movement draw itself into the picture. This way, the instant can stretch itself towards infinity, and the picture becomes a living scene that you can enter, leave, and come back to again.
I’m also very interested in filtering, sublimating and transforming my original images, by cutting them up and reassembling them, or by perforating and embroidering them with patterns. The embroidery brakes the surface of the print and enters a visual dialogue with the photographic image, at the same time merging with it to become a new entity of its own.
I work with both Nikon and Hasselblad cameras.
Sofie Pihl is a danish-italian visual artist based in Copenhagen. Her work has been represented in solo shows, and in numerous juried and not juried group shows, both in Denmark and abroad. Since the spring of 2016 she has been listed in Grosses Treffen online database of nordic artists, and was in 2014 nominated for PLAT(T)FORM. For her recent series Treescapes II, she was nominated for the Fine Art Photographic Award 2016, Fine Art Category. Of the juried group shows she has participated in, it’s worth mentioning Nordkraftudstillingen ‘16, Kunstnernes Påskeudstilling KP14 in Aarhus, Story of the Creatives, SEE Exhibition Space in New York and Exposure Photography Award, Musée du Louvre, Paris, and Copenhagen Photo Festival 2019. Sofie Pihl’s work is also included in two curated art books, and she has published a portfolio book with her series Treescapes. During the spring of 2020, Sofie worked with multicolored photogravure during a residency at The Danish Art Workshops, Statens Værksteder for Kunst. Sofie Pihl is currently represented by Galleri Grundstof, Aarhus.
Alongside her art practice, Sofie Pihl has been studying Art History at Copenhagen University. She is a trained classical musician, and has completed her studies at the Conservatory of Music in Bologna, Italy. She studied at the Royal Danish Academy of the Arts’ School of Architecture in 2002-2005, and has since then worked as a fine art / and freelance photographer. Sofie Pihl lives and works just outside of Copenhagen with her daughters.