Sophie Takách’s sculptural practice engages with perception and sensation through tactile encounters with material. Working mainly in metals and using processes of casting and fabrication, her work exploits the physical properties of matter and mechanical forces to reconsider the role of forming in modes of art production and encounter. The resulting sculptures are both activated by the body and respond to the surrounding environmental conditions. The physical components of her sculptures are conceived as apparatus that enable further action to take place. They act as support structures or simple machines; basic mechanical objects that amplify the application of force. Her work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally; most recently at ACCA, Gertrude Glasshouse, Casula Powerhouse in NSW and the V-A-C Foundation, Moscow. Sophie is currently undertaking postgraduate research and teaching sculpture at MADA, Monash University.