Sophie Robertson graduated from Central St. Martins with a degree in Fashion Photography in 2010. She has since worked on a number of projects including fashion shows and participated in exhibitions around the world. In 2012 she set up her own label designing digitally printed silk scarves.
Rage depicts a woman at her toilette, howling in anger as she struggles with the corset that defines and restricts her torso. A striking and highly stylised image, Rage comments on the anguish of being a woman. An intimate and seemingly candid expression of unbridled emotion, Robertson’s subject might be seen to be responding to society’s unnatural, unrealistic and in many ways harmful expectations of what a woman should be and should look like, and the pivotal role which clothing plays in fashioning the body.
Rage and its companion piece, Release, both featured in Schmatte Couture curated by Sarah Lightman for Ben Uri in 2008, addressing issues surrounding clothing, memory, gender and identity and featuring 16 international contemporary artists. The location in Rivington Street was particularly apt as a once thriving centre where sweat shops once employed waves of first generation immigrants from the Jewish, Indian and Bangladeshi communities.