Sonjie Feliciano Solomon
Medium: Mixed Media and Sculpture

Studio Location:
540 President Street (Spaceworks Basement)
Studio # 2



Artist Bio:
Sonjie Feliciano Solomon is a designer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her paintings and sculptures evolve through varied material investigations and the development of unconventional process-based systems. These are employed to reproduce organic, ephemeral phenomena perceived in nature or to give material shape to her emotional and intellectual experiences. The works strive to surprise viewers through a playful engagement of material and meaning, awaken their curiosity by challenging them to think about how the works are constructed, and allow individuals to reflect on universal human conditions by considering the imprints of the artist's own personal experiences. The systematic and calculated design process is juxtaposed with a softer, organic, ephemeral end result.

Sonjie was born in Manila, Philippines, emigrated to the US and first lived in NYC then grew up in St. Louis, MO. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Georgetown University. Her work has appeared in solo and group shows nationally and internationally - most recently in a solo show in the summer of 2018 at the DVAA in the Catskills. Prior to this, Sonjie has shown work with The Curator Gallery, Causey Contemporary, Honolulu Museum of Art, Longwood Art Gallery, ArtPrize, RISD Memorial Hall Gallery, Cheongju International Biennale and Gwangju Biennial.

Artist Statement:
How do we express the ephemeral and emotional through solid materials and physical matter?

The investigations in my studio practice start with micro processes and details - playing with a material to understand its unique properties and behavior under different conditions, pressures, and interactions with other materials or tools to find an unusual or surprising way to transform it. In my focused engagement with the material, a relation develops in which my personal experience acts as a leading element in the transformation of the raw matter. I then use such discoveries to signal and suggest certain themes I want to convey, not forgetting how to catch the viewer off guard so that she not only looks at the material as if with new eyes but also is delighted and emboldened by the possibility for transformation. Such metamorphoses are forged when the most elemental materials such as wood, fabric, and thread are able to convey abstract ideas such as sorrow, doubt or joy.

Creating an experience of wonder, no matter how fleeting or modest, causes the viewers to open themselves up to their natural curiosity. How was this created? How is it that this looks three-dimensional but it is completely flat? Can I sense the fragmentary cluster of my own experience through this piece? I am trying to hew into material form the phantoms of my emotional and intellectual experiences, sometimes processing a life milestone such as the loss of a loved one or the calm after a crisis, sometimes simply seeking the feeling of peace that eternally just evades us.

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