Email: s1568667@sms.ed.ac.uk

Programme: Art - PhD/MPhil

Start date: January 2016

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Doing the Crease: Subjectivity, Success and Failure in a Liberation of Folds

Daphne de Sonneville is a practice-based PhD candidate at the Edinburgh College of Art (supported by the ECA Research Award 2016–19 and the Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarship 2017-18). She writes short, abstracted fictions and explores their form and content through visual means such as sculpture, video and performance, often combined with audio recordings of her voice. She received her BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and her MFA from Goldsmiths in London, where she was awarded the Book Works Award for Art Writing 2014.

In her research project Doing the Crease: Subjectivity, Success and Failure in a Liberation of Folds Daphne works with the idea of the fold as a doubling or distortion to investigate, by repetition and expansion, what subjectivity and emancipation mean in the context of word and image. She writes short, abstracted fictions and explores their form and content through visual means such as sculpture, video and performance, often combined with audio recordings of her voice. Moving across the registers of visual art and writing, Daphne questions how text turns into a character, what role(s) this character plays in a visual art context, and if the materiality of language is tragic.