SOFIA ARNOLD

Chattanooga, TN

Past Exhibitions           Biography          CV          Statement          Press


Utilizing mediums of oil and watercolor, Sofia Arnold creates scenes that encompass a mishmash of intoxicated figures that dance and interact with creatures amongst lush foliage. Much of the series developed from her former life that existed on the fringe of society oscillating between feral and civilized, savage, and feminine.

UNTITLED WATERCOLOR 6

12 X 9″ watercolor on paper, framed

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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

“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.”

— Sofia Arnold

I FORGOT MY OWN BIRTHDAY

24 X 20″ oil on canvas

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BASKETMAKERS

12 X 9″ gouache on paper

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BREADWINNER

15 X 12″ oil on wood

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STEP SISTER

30 X 22″ oil on gessoed paper

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Sofia Arnold was born in 1986 in Avalanche, Wisconsin near the wooded countryside, born from the 70s-era “back-to-the-landers” in the unglaciated hills of Southwestern Wisconsin. She became interested in art as a child when she began making some of her own toys and dolls. She trained under Fred Stonehouse, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her BS in 2010.

BRIGHT FUTURE

7 x 9″ gouache on paper

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UNTITLED SNAPSHOT 4

5 X 7″ oil on gessoed paper

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LIVING PICTURE

12 X 9″ gouache on paper

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PLAYING HOUSE AT BRIGHT SPRING

30 X 32″ oil on gessoed paper

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