Welcome back to our Mind of the Artist series on the CHAW blog! Each month, we’re featuring a different artist from the Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL), a visual arts program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) with members drawn from our neighborhood, the city, and the region. This series will be a deep-dive into the richly diverse landscape of perspectives and approaches to art, and we can’t wait to share the stories of these wonderful artists with you–straight from their own pens…or pastels…or lenses! Check out the other posts in the series to learn more about the inner workings of the artist’s mind. This month, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the fantastic Sonia:
Fierce Sonia is a multimedia artist. She lives and works in Alexandria, Va.
Sonia often works in obsessive series, often working on many pieces at once; retelling the story over and over much like a folk tale is folded over the mouth many times. An icon in her work is the “cow skull woman” image. It continues to balance concepts of hard/soft, morbid/hopeful, life/death, and remains decidedly feminine. She is interested in the narratives of the most common and unifying stories: religion, fairy tales, super heroes, mythology, pop culture, and advertisement. Her works are lushly layered with dark sensual mysterious female narratives. Her modern princesses question the beauty standard and embody their own sexual manifesto.
She physically builds a substrate with acrylic paint and collage to print her very personal photographs. Often the images are of her own body. A narrative is constructed by the tension between the layers moving to dreamier feminine mindscapes with a brighter palette. She is becoming an ambassador of happy, emphasizing the beautiful joyful goodness.
Her female characters are strong and hopeful.
If you listen closely her work has a soundtrack, a rhythm, a pulse that will give you a magic carpet ride to a lyrical fairytale that restates your own heartbeat. “Voice,” a piece printed on metal that tells a Joan of Arc tribute, was awarded an honorable mention in CHAL’s October juried show.
She often has a public studio open at the Torpedo Factory: 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22303.