Sofia Arnold Artist Page

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Sofia Arnold

 

Drawing from experiences and memories from having grown up as a daughter of 1970s “back to the landers” in unglaciated Southern Wisconsin, Sofia Arnold’s watercolors reflect a whimsical mishmash of intoxicated figures and foliage. She is obsessed with her former life that existed on the fringe of society oscillating between feral and civilized, savage and feminine. Her figures dance and interact with creatures and vegetation in the murky wooded countryside. They hauntingly emerge from behind trees and interact awkwardly with others. Working quickly, she uses a technique of wet-on-wet watercolors to create muted colors and lush dreamlike imagery. Her work plays on primal tensions of freedom in opposition to the suffocating nature of being trapped.

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FEVER DREAMS | new works by Sofia Arnold, 2018


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Recent Press For Sofia Arnold

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Juxtapose Magazine

Enter the The Imaginary World of Sofia Arnold

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Young Space 

Sofia Arnold

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Art Hound

BSDA Artist Interview: Sofia Arnold

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Brown Paper Bag

Sofia Arnold Paintings

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Booooooom

Sofia Arnold

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What I Wore to the Wedding
12 x 15″ oil on canvas
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My early work was a narrative-driven exploration of intentionally isolated communities, inspired by my early life as the daughter of 1970s era “back-to-the-landers” in the unglaciated hills of Southwestern Wisconsin. The constant tension between the feral and the domestic, and the mundane details of carving out a life on the fringe remains a source of angst and fascination for me. Over time my working style has loosened and expanded while my focus has shifted to my own everyday surroundings and subconscious.

 

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I work quickly using a wet-on-wet technique to create lush, dreamlike scenes of half-remembered places. I pull from a rotating mental inventory of objects and characters that are clumsily recycled and often corrupted incrementally from piece to piece. I am trying to capture with paint what I see as the primal qualities of a place: the shifting sensory touchstones that confuse me about feeling at home, but also hemmed in and trapped.

 

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Basketmakers
12 x 9″ gouache on paper
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I Forgot My Own Birthday 
20 x 24″ oil on canvas
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“She presents these images; divorced from any autobiographical context or obvious symbolic intent, and lets them exist simply as aesthetic elements.”
— Juxtapoz, 2017

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“She presents these images; divorced from any autobiographical context or obvious symbolic intent, and lets them exist simply as aesthetic elements.”
— Juxtapoz, 2017

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