Sophie Steengracht

Sophie Steengracht

Submerged-lll
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Leaf-ll
Drowned Pastles
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Constant Transformation

"The patterns I discover in my physical environment captivate me. I see movement and textures in all life around me. I find them in the sky, on the forest floor, but also in a pavement or in shadows that fall through a window. They seem quick, soft, liquid, ethereal, solid, intertwining, falling, growing, creeping, scattering, evolving and dying. Everything is disintegrating to be born again in another form.

I try to grasp this fragile and constantly shifting instability. The imaginative ways in which the natural processes appear in ancient myths and magical realist literature form the starting point for my artwork. My drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, animations, and photographs are always an homage to this permanent change

Imagination is alive inside the natural world; it is not something only humans own. Shadow, gravity, stones, visual depth have evolved in an evolutionary system and were offered to us. Indigenous shamanistic and animistic cultures believe objects and phenomena have a soul and indeed numerous recent scientific studies have shown that plants communicate amongst themselves. Tiny details can make a boundless impact. In our current geological era, the Anthropocene, the relationship between humans and the environment is changing. We are beginning to realise that the movement of a butterfly wing on one side of the planet can cause a hurricane on the other. For me this means that I have the responsibility to reconsider my relationship with the earth and everything it holds. "


"After my initial studies in Florence, Italy, with a focus on printing techniques, I moved back to the Netherlands to study at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. During those years I discovered my fascination with the way landscapes, natural phenomena and the physical environment influence the people which are part of them. I sense their connection with mystical literature and folk tales. Based on this awareness I began creating my own world in drawings and prints. After graduation I spent four months travelling and working in India and Nepal. The stories of the people I encountered there, as well as the blend of Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and animist cultures reinforced my perception and the source of my inspiration."

Juan Fabuel

Juan Fabuel

Enya Lachman-Curl

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