Artist on the Edge: Sophia Dawson

Displaying Head Shot.jpg

Credit: Sophia Dawson

Sophia Dawson is a dynamic and innovative artist whose artwork and vision continues to inspire me. Below you will find snippets of a conversation with the artist and images from her repertoire:

  1. What inspires you?
  • God the Creator
  • I went from discovering my talent and not knowing I had it
  • Some of my pieces come in visions
  • In my studio late at night I pray over my pieces and work
  • I am a co-creator with God.
Displaying Dawson Sophia 6.jpg

Credit: Sophia Dawson

  1. Why are you making work?
  • To serve
  • People in my paintings have gone through some sort of injustice, struggle, difficulty so I make the pieces known to everyday so that these individuals and their stories become known as well.
Displaying Dawson Sophia 9.jpg

Credit: Sophia Dawson

  1. Tell me about your process.
  • Lots of playing
  • I use documentaries and books as research to get to know who these people are and to learn  how they have overcome  and it moves me to action.
  • Documentaries I remember distinctly inspiring me to act include “Central Park 5” and “Every Mother’s Son”
  • Lots of work comes from stills from documentaries.
  • For practice I draw and paint people from life.
  • My work involves layers, which involves projection, a photograph, having people sit and painting
  • In my practice I have the freedom to switch up what is or is not working so my style often varies and the viewer may or may not be able to tell that it is the same artist.
Displaying Dawson Sophia 4.jpg

Credit: Sophia Dawson

  • Acrylic and oil paint used almost interchangeably on a canvas and a new technique I am using called canvas collage.
  • Inspired by the work of AFRICOBRA in creating a space inspired by many creative art forms. My space, Wet Paint, will be a space where creative minds come together.
  • I didn’t know I could paint until I was 16. I can do things really quickly, such as in 24 or 48 hours. Experimenting within my practice keeps it fun.
  • I also include the individuals in each painting in the process.  Whether that means sitting down with them, a phone call, a visit to a prison institution etc.
Displaying Dawson Sophia 5.jpg

Credit: Sophia Dawson

  1. Advice or wisdom for young people.
  • If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work. You have to keep creating. Encourage yourself and be inspired. There is no perfect moment to create art. You have to keep moving and create 100%.
Displaying Dawson Sophia 10.jpg

Credit: Sophia Dawson

Website: ilovewetpaint.com

Instagram: @iamwetpaint

Displaying Dawson Sophia 1.jpg

Credit: Sophia Dawson

Advertisements

New York Water Towers: Ronnie Farley

20130721_130315

Taken within “New York Water Towers” by Ronnie Farley. Photographed by Erin K. Hylton in Hudson Beach Glass Gallery Beacon, NY. 2013.

 Within my exploration in July of Beacon, New York I came upon an exhibition within Hudson Beach Glass Gallery: “New York Water Towers” by Ronnie Farley. With impeccable use of shadow and light I was immediately drawn to the photographs and the subject matter. Water is often a subject matter when it is lacking in an environment, such as in clean water projects for impoverished areas, but this exhibition called the audience to think of water in a different manner. Using New York City water towers Farley draws attention to water issues in urban areas and the distribution of water in the city. Often overlooked, water towers are integral to the makeup of New York City’s infrastructure and are a beautiful structure to document taking on an almost spiritual symbol, looming a top the buildings  almost near the clouds.

The exhibition ran in Beacon, New York where Ronnie Farley has a residence from June 8 through July 28, 2013. Farley has a long career photo documentation which you can check out here: http://ronniefarley.com/

20130721_130748

Taken within “New York Water Towers” by Ronnie Farley. Photographed by Erin K. Hylton in Hudson Beach Glass Gallery Beacon, NY. 2013.

20130721_130134

Taken within “New York Water Towers” by Ronnie Farley. Photographed by Erin K. Hylton in Hudson Beach Glass Gallery Beacon, NY. 2013. (partially constructed water tank from Isseks Brothers in Manhattan)

20130721_130239

Taken within “New York Water Towers” by Ronnie Farley. Photographed by Erin K. Hylton in Hudson Beach Glass Gallery Beacon, NY. 2013.

20130721_130117

Taken within “New York Water Towers” by Ronnie Farley. Photographed by Erin K. Hylton in Hudson Beach Glass Gallery Beacon, NY. 2013.