FEVER DREAMS

Sofia Arnold

Nov 18 – Dec 29,  2018
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BRIGHT FUTURE

7 X 9″ oil on gessoed paper
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UNTITLED SNAPSHOT 3

7 X 5″ oil on gessoed paper
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AFTER THE AFTERPARTY

24 X 18″ oil on wood panel
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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. 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.

Living Picture by Sofia Arnold

WINDING CLOTH

24 X 20″ oil on canvas
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ASH BATH

10 X 8″ oil on gessoed paper
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HEAVY INTIMATES

12 X 9″ oil on gessoed paper
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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

HOSTESS

15 X 12″ oil on canvas
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BREADWINNER

15 X 12″ oil on panel
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Biography          CV          Statement

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.

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Untitled Snapshot 4 by Sofia Arnold

UNTITLED SNAPSHOT 4

5 X 7″ oil on gessoed paper
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THUMBSUCKER

12 X 9″ oil on gessoed paper
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Basketmakers by Sofia Arnold

BASKETMAKERS

12 X 9″ gouache on paper
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Over time my working style has loosened and expanded while my focus has shifted to my own everyday surroundings and subconscious. I pull from a rotating mental inventory of objects and characters that are clumsily recycled and often corrupted incrementally from piece to piece.

— Sofia Arnold

SECRET PETS

12 X 9″ oil on panel
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UNTITLED SNAPSHOT 2

7 X 7″ oil on gessoed paper
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Sofia Arnold was born in 1986 in Avalanche, Wisconsin near the wooded countryside. 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.

UNTITLED WATERCOLOR 1

12 X 9″ watercolor on paper
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UNTITLED WATERCOLOR 2

12 X 9″ watercolor on paper
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UNTITLED WATERCOLOR 3

12 X 9″ watercolor on paper
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Untitled Watercolor 4 by Sofia Arnold

UNTITLED WATERCOLOR 4

12 X 9″ watercolor on paper
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UNTITLED WATERCOLOR 5

12 X 9″ watercolor on paper
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UNTITLED WATERCOLOR 6

12 X 9″ watercolor on paper
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