Sophie Guyot creates imaginary cities. At first glance, her plaster and concrete compositions bring to mind the Soviet architecture she discovered on a trip to war-torn Abkhazie, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Her succession of buildings, of high-rises and alleyways, and of block-like units with symmetrically aligned windows unite to form neighborhoods that spring up out of nowhere.
Devoid of all human traces lest it be the enigmatic light being shed, it is the very essence of a city that comes across, beyond history. These are places imbued with solitude, where the light serves to remind us of a presence that we, unflaggingly if unavailingly, continue to seek out.
Claude Zurcher, november 2013