In her work Sophie Ernst asks questions about mediated perception. She looks at relations between architecture or objects and our memories and sense of identity. Her works evolve from conversations and interviews, and she sees making art as a response to these encounters. The publication “The Magic of Projection; Augmentation and Immersion in Media Art” (2016) is an in-depth look at the uses of projection. A further investigation into the history of projection is the commission by Museum De Lakenhal titled “De Toverkamer” (2019) .
Before studying sculpture Sophie Ernst trained as an industrial mechanic. She was a resident at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2016 she completed her PhD from Leiden University. Ernst has presented her work widely at exhibitions like: 6th Moscow Biennale; 14th Asia Triennial, Manchester; 9th Sharjah Biennial; Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space at Johnson Museum, Cornell University and Nasher Museum, Duke University; Move on Asia, ZKM (Karlsruhe); and solo exhibitions such as: Memory is an Ideal Place, Kunstverein Heidelberg; Architecture of Belonging, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague; Presence of an Absence, Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden; HOME, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.