I’ve had a longtime artist crush on Sofia Arnold so it’s a thrill to be kicking off her show today on Buy Some Damn Art. Sofia is one of those artists whose work completely stands on its own; viewing her work feels like stepping into another world, the singular inner world of the artist’s imagination.
KATE: Where are you from and where do you live now?
SOFIA: I grew up in rural Wisconsin and now I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
KATE: When did you start making art?
SOFIA: I’ve always made things, but I didn’t get serious about making art until my third year of college.
KATE: Your paintings provide a hard-to-decipher narrative of the private lives of the figures within. Do these figures have names and lives and stories to tell?
SOFIA: Of course! Although their lives and struggles are probably more mundane and familiar than you would think.
KATE: Do you have another job? If so do the two compliment each other at all?
SOFIA: I work for a car manufacturer, administering production line simulations. It provides me with structure and forces me to operate outside of my own mind on a regular basis, but it couldn’t be further from art.
KATE: What is most exciting to you right now in your art practice?
SOFIA: The evolution that happens when recycling old ideas and imagery. A copy of a copy of a copy might become visually unrecognizable from the source, but I think that continued reiteration will eventually distill some kind of meaning for me. I’ve only been doing this for about five years and it’s already starting to happen. It’s exciting to think that I can keep doing this until my fingers fall off.