The development of my visual language of shapes and marks is inspired from, and the result of, combining a single X-ray with territorial mapping and sketches of places I’ve experienced in my immediate environment. In a mode of recycling through my content, I utilize the computer as a cutting tool to dissect, edit and collage fragments that are reconstituted and mapped through light projection. Brushed India ink marks are juxtaposed with white space and flat, painted colour, creating a certain disturbance. Each entity learns to coexist while maintaining its own identity. My intent is to create confusion as to whether the work is hand made or printed - that things are not quite what they seem.
I’m interested in forming a collage-like space that reflects the relationship between the body and landscape as interconnected and parallel experiences. Drawing becomes a tool where observation and imagination intersect resulting in a relationship of connections and disconnections between inside and outside, mark making against flat colour, absence and presence.
This work is a creation and disruption of formal elements that investigates and celebrates painting and drawing.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sophia Ainslie currently lives and works in Boston. Under the full sponsorship of her patron Henny Kirshon, and the Art History Department at Tufts, she pursued her MFA in Boston, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. After graduating she received the Anne and Graham Gund award to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Maine.
Sophia’s most recent awards include, the Artist’s Resource Trust Grant (2012), the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for Painting (2012) and nominated a Finalist in Drawing by the New England Journal of Aesthetics (2011).
Some of Sophia’s most recent exhibits include in person, a solo show at the Kingston Gallery in Boston (2013); Intersticial- a solo show Curated by Leonie Bradley, Carol Schlosberg Gallery, Monserrat College of Art, Beverley MA (2013); Pigment: Color and Metaphor-Curated by Stephanie Cardon, Brant Gallery, MassArt (2012); Skowhegan Alum-Juried by Carrie Springer-Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 92YTibecca, New York, NY (2012); Then and Now-Curated by Kathleen Bitetti, Spoke Gallery, Medicine Wheel, Boston, MA (2012); Inside Out-2, a solo show at the Grillo Gallery, Endicott College, Beverly, MA (2012); Boston; Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA; Fuller Craft Museum, in Brockton MA.
Sophia has participated in residencies such as, Nirox in South Africa (2013);Triangle and ART/OMI in NY; Gasworks in London; Thapong in Botswana, Southern Africa; Thupelo, in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been reviewed and published by the Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, ArtScope Magazine, Northeastern News, Arts Media and others. She has received grants to pursue her work from the Sugarman Foundation (USA), the Hamlyn Foundation (UK), the African Arts Trust (UK), Oppenheimer Trust (SA) and others.