- This event has passed.
Art Exhibition: Reflections
Dec 18, 2020 - Jan 7, 2021$5
Join us this month as we are partnering up with a local Artist Sophia for a experiential exhibit with interactive elements. We are also partnering up with The Salvation Army and 30% of our proceeds go to them to help out our local community seeking the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and warmth.
Meet the artist: Sophia
Like most, my childhood mind was filled with ideas of who I might become as an adult. And, like most, my adult life is not what I imagined. To explain where I am now, I will share the influences that have shaped my interests and passions today.
I can imagine Art as a thread that has woven itself throughout my life. As a young girl, I received piano lessons from my Julliard-trained aunt. I appreciated how written music visually mimics the sounds it commands and found the inspiration to create my own melodies. But, music was not my passion.
My grandma was a talented sculptor, painter, and sketch artist; winning many awards at local shows in her retirement years. Wanting to follow in her footsteps, I tried my hand at sculpting. I relished sitting at the wheel and feeling the wet clay in my hands as I pushed (in vain) to create a masterpiece. But, instead of finding my expression in clay, I began to feel like I was the clay; being pushed into a shape that did not fit me. I eventually abandoned sculpting but never forgot the lesson it taught me. That our lives are like a lump of clay and under the right pressure, they are pushed and molded into something bigger and greater than we have ever imagined.
From my grandma, I learned to draw basic sketches of coffee mugs, faces, and houses. I can remember sitting in her yellow painted house and watching her sketch lightly as she peered through her glasses. Her petite frame carried so much love and humility. Out of her 9 children, only one became an artist like her.
In high school, I gravitated toward the art scene. My somewhat small, private, christian high school had its own art gallery called the Ruach Gallery. In an effort to help students learn the basics of gallery operations, a Gallery Class was added to the electives list.
In this class, I learned basic gallery operations like how to mat artwork and conduct a successful exhibit. As the curator, I spent many hours preparing for student exhibits and found pleasure in being an integral part of the exhibit as a whole.
One assignment in this class stands out in particular. We were asked to create an invitational postcard for an exhibit that abstractly depicted the effects of alcohol consumption. More specifically, how alcohol consumption influences our cognitive capabilities and celebrations. I chose an abstract image of black and green marbles with one standing out in front of all the rest. A red pool of liquid spilled out in front ofI of the lead marble. I titled my pretend exhibit “reflections: absorptions, celebratory, cognition.” This was the first time I explored my own art ideas and concepts.
I chose to study Political Science and Philosophy at PBA but did not let go of my artistic aspirations. As a result, I received an amazing internship opportunity for VIVRE Canvas Couture, a local, hand-painted canvas fashion company. I eagerly attacked every task at this beautiful, art-driven organization and enjoyed every minute. Interning at VIVRE Canvas Couture taught me so much about my own professional desires for the future.
I knew I wanted a nonlinear job that mixed creative ideas and the ethical topics I am so passionate about. Conceptual and installation art appeared as the best route to display the conflict and harmony of these two concepts. As I began to develop more in-depth ideas and visions of the art I wanted to create, I produced a model for an installation piece and took the bold step of looking for places to showcase my art.
My road to this installation has not been a straight line. But, now, seeing it all finally come together at the Social House in Lake Worth and being able to put my art out into the world is truly incredible. I am so thankful for this opportunity. I can’t help but feel as though I am making my grandma, who is now in heaven, proud as I carry out her legacy of creativity and inspiration.