About the Artist

 

Hello ! I’m Sofia. A multidisciplinary artist from Newcastle upon Tyne. I love creating bright artwork which is heavily influenced by nature and heritage. My work consists of paintings, designing sculptures for Wild in Art as well as digital content.

A huge portion of my work is inspired by matchboxes and vintage packaging. I love re-designing these to the background and context of places, merging the traditional with contemporary imagery. This rich influx of diverse cultures with retro postcards, railway posters and Victorian matchbooks portrays a careful study more reflective of a modern society.

I graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a Photography and Film BA Hons. I started a company called Obsidian Photography specialising in event photography and portraiture in 2012. By 2016 with the birth of my son I decided to delve back into more mediums of art and started painting. I am a self taught artist, and started teaching in community workshops in 2019. 


Current Projects in 2021:

I am currently an artist in residence at Durham University’s Bishop Cosin’s Library working with local schools in Durham reviving the rich history of one of the oldest libraries in the UK.

GemArts ‘Narivad’ (Feminism in Sanskrit): A talk and online exhibition of artwork for the Masala Festival, around female minority suffragettes in the early 1900s.

Delivering online workshops to reduce isolation and increase community wellbeing. Maintaining and creating connections and in groups to aid mental health. en(Shrine), East Durham ArtHit: Creating a fun workshop video around how to make and share your own doodles on postcards. GemArts Hyem Programme: Delivering 8 weeks of workshops around diverse narratives of hope, kindness and home.

en(Shrine) with Lady Kitt. Mentored workshop. Exploring creative techniques for organisations to use when developing policy, particularly whilst working in consultation with a cross section of their staff / contractors / audiences/ constituents/ service users.

Navigator North: Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough. Street Art Matchbox installations to celebrate heritage.

Wild in Art: Designing two imp sculptures for the Lincoln Imp Trail. ‘Celestial’ and ‘Yellowbelly’ go on display in July – September 

 

Exhibitions have included: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, ‘Doctor Death’ (Open Submission 2021), Felton Gallery 45, ‘Selection’ (2020-2021), Dockside Gallery, ‘Dollhouse Series’ (2020), Love of the North ‘Northern Dreams’ (2019), Spilt Milk Gallery ‘Members Show’ (2019).

 

Memberships: CuratorSpace, Association of Illustrators, Newbridge Associate Member

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