A bright future.

We fell in love with Sophie Davis' work at first sight. The London-based photographer addresses issues such as sexual objectification and obsession with unattainable perfection through a direct yet poetic perspective while reinventing the predatory gaze usually associated with the masculine. She also runs the female photo collective Skin&Blister, which has just completed their third show.

We wanted to find out more about what inspires Davis, as well as what she has in store for us in the future. During the process, we discovered that she was super late to the avocado party.


How would you describe yourself in 5 words?

Loyal, ambitious, obsessive, approachable and open-minded.

What's the most challenging piece you've ever created?

Possibly the piece of work I've just completed (The Unresolved) and the new piece I'm working on. Having the guts to approach and photograph people you don't know has been challenging, but it's taught me a lot about myself, how we consume images and how women react to each other. With the new piece of work, I intend to push myself further- and get a bit more uncomfortable in the process.

If you were in a band, what kind of music would you play?

Something angry like thrash metal. It would be a good outlet.

When was the last time you tried something new?

I ate an avocado for the first time a couple of months ago and realised what I'd been missing.

What's the most provocative piece you've ever created?

The folds of a raw pig's heart photographed really close up, so it looked like female genitals. People hate it but I still love it.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you and what would the film be called?

I'd like to say something sophisticated but deep down I know it's Kirsten Wigg in Bridesmaids, especially the drunk plane scene. In terms of a movie title that's really hard, maybe 'How not to live your life'?

What are the top two compliments you hear from people about yourself?

That I'm kind and open-minded, which is great.

What inspires you?

Loads of things. My friends, other artists, films, books, popular culture, Instagram! I'm image obsessed... In terms of ambition and getting things you want it would be my dad, he said a great thing that was, 'always be prepared and aim for a no' so the yes is - when it comes - a bonus.

What is your most valuable skill?

Communication. I'm good at talking to and reading people. Technically it would be photo printing. I was still amazed I can do it - and do it really well.

What's the best piece you've ever created?

I really liked making my death portraits which were an old photographic process called 'van dyke brown'. I photographed young girls ( think there's a theme here) laid out as if prepared for burial like - Momento Mori images. The process was brilliant but very tricky and the results are quite disturbing. I was very pleased with the outcome; I think creating things that surprise you is what keeps you going - as an artist you never know where you will end up and that's the adventure.

Any advice for new artists?

Perseverance, go to private views, talk to creative people all the time, work hard and stay positive.

What is a movie moment that completely transformed you?

Persona by Ingmar Bergman. When Bibi Anderson bit into Liv Ullman's arm and sucked her blood. In a film like that, one which is really intense and deep, you aren't expecting something so visceral. I realised I love to be shocked - and being forced to feel things.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your life?

Our first show, and all the shows that followed and will follow. Practically all the work I do with my collective Skin&Blister. Having a creative purpose in your life is the most important thing, and great people to work with. We have some big plans for this year and knowing I have that creative outlet is very fulfilling.

What makes you smile?

My housemate. Trina. She's both incredibly level-headed and totally mental. Every evening at home hanging out with her is different, but I always cry laughing.

Lastly, what are you currently working on?

A video piece, the final part of 'The Unresolved'. This one is going to be a bit... different.

All photos found in this article are from Davis' The Unresolved series. For more information on her work, please head over to her Instagram.