We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Sabsowitz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophia, how do you think about risk?
Taking a risk to achieve a goal requires the courage to face the fear of uncertainty. No matter the outcome, we grow through the process and become more resilient and confident. I believe risk is an essential part in creating art and that encountering doubt or insecurity ultimately surfaces truly authentic ideas that can lead to artistic success. If we didn’t fail every once in a while (or often), how would we know what works and recognize our growth and tenacity in the process? As a society we’ve come to associate risk with negative connotations of aggressive behavior or recklessness. I believe calculated risks go hand in hand with my success; whether it be painting, branding or selling work. Lately, I’m working on a new collaborative series, The Dreamwalker’s Alchemy, that integrates painting and photography. It explores fluid painting with light and shadow as multidimensional influences–a contemporary form of chiaroscuro. I would consider this new endeavor to be dark art that pushes the boundaries of my usual recognizable work; it’s not something you would immediately associate with my collections. That risk has never made me feel so comfortable, and I believe audiences will love it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been collaborating on several mixed media projects with fellow artist and creative, Meredith Ochoa. We have completed two series so far. The first series is called The Empress. This series explores ethereal patterns by integrating photography and fluid painting over the female body. The newest series released is called The Dreamwalker’s Alchemy. It has a Donnie Darko eating some magic mushrooms vibe. Dark content meets dream walking in a spectrum of vivid colors. We are in the process of starting our third series, so keep an eye out!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I recommend on the Westside checking out Kai Lin Gallery and then heading to Little Trouble, a Blade Runner themed bar. The Bold Monk Brewing Co. is a new brewery on the Westside and definitely worth checking out. If you’re heading to the Eastside, Little 5 Points is the spot. Wax ‘n’ Facts and Criminal Records are great spots for music lovers and The Porter is my favorite bar. If you’re downtown, the High Museum of Art is incredible. Also, The Clermont Lounge is an Atlanta staple. If you’re heading to the Southside, I would recommend Day & Night Projects to check out some art and Dat Fire Jerk Chicken for food.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Sharon Moskowitz. She has mentored me since the beginning of my career and helped me to orchestrate my first solo exhibition at Oglethorpe University in 2017.