Sophie Bates’ practice stems from a personal inquiry into the emotion of doubt, the difficulties associated with certain social interactions, examining and reappraising the identity of the “shy girl”. Her practice takes the form of texts, diagrams, vocal pieces as well as mostly video works and performances. The work highlights the constant flux of ideas concerning personal morality. It also alludes to opinions formed by a certain type of upbringing that shape decision-making and have the potential to be restricting. The information is selected and edited to create contradictory and kaleidoscopic dialogue, but from the perspective of one individual, i.e. herself. She attempts to allow the audience to reflect on their own thought processes whilst engaging with the work, exploring the absurdities and often-trivial nature of how we think.