Sophie Herxheimer

Sophie Herxheimer


Herxheimer is a prolific, multi-disciplinary artist whose own poetry is fiercely energetic, erudite and punchy. Her work on Voyage combines her lush, apparently boundless artistic style with a personal gentleness and generosity. Bidisha, BBC Arts online

Sophie trained in painting at Camberwell and Chelsea.

She’s held residencies for LIFT, Southbank Centre and Transport for London. Exhibitions include The Whitworth, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. She’s illustrated five fairy tale collections, made several artists books, created a 300 metre tablecloth to run the length of Southwark Bridge, featuring hand printed food stories from a thousand Londoners; narrated an episode of The Food Programme from Margate, made a life size concrete poem in the shape of Mrs Beeton sited next to her grave; and a pie big enough for seven drama students to jump out of singing, on the lawn of an old peoples’ home. An ongoing project is collecting stories live in ink from members of the public, by listening and drawing. Recent publications include The New Concrete, Your Candle Accompanies the Sun, and Velkom to Inklandt. Sophie teaches for The Poetry School and The Royal Drawing School, and collaborates extensively.


Author photo credit: John Suttle