Sophie Grant

Born 1985
Hometown Santa Cruz, CA
Lives and Works Brooklyn, NY
MFA Drawing/Printmaking/Works on Paper, Hunter College, New York, NY, 2015
BA Studio Art, Art History Minor, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 2008

Sophie Grant's work describes and questions issues of animism, abstraction, and embodied experiences. Exploring aesthetics of design and play within an image saturated culture, her paintings, ceramics and monoprints complicate nameable binaries (male/female, interior/exterior, major/minor). These works mix textured fields with motifs alluding to organic substances, industrial elements, and off-kilter emblems. Oblique shapes, reminiscent of wombs, captchas, pebbles and paisley, are evoked, but hover unfixed through the interplay of horticultural and artificial colors, clashing surfaces, illusion, and disorienting scale shifts. The flipping between image and material is representative of the dimensionally untethered bent of her practice. Working between painting and more architectural sculptural installations, Grant's process invites the viewer to encounter a space where language fails but where visual puzzles and pleasure resonate.  

Grant has been awarded residencies by organizations such as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, Painting's Edge in California, The Pajama Factory in Pennsylvania, and Hercules Art Studio Program and Lower East Side Printshop in New York. Her work has been exhibited in shows at Field Projects in New York, Underdonk Gallery in Brooklyn, Riverside Art Museum and Left Field Gallery in California, and The Old Hairdressers Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. 


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