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  • Sophia Wheelwright

  • I am a mixed media sculptor and installation artist whose work over the last few years has been focused on creating environments that highlight light, color, movement, sound and how they unexpectedly combine.

    Recent projects have consisted of hand forming hundreds of feet of aluminum mesh in my studio and then using this material to create immersive installations deploying the use of light and in some instances projection and sound. The finished environments or pieces often have an animated energy that shifts depending on the light, the weather (when outside) and the sound. They suggest the energy of water, wind, smoke and clouds without being limited to any one and drawing attention what these phenomena share.

    Other installations utilize fabric or wood with projection to create pieces that evoke an atmosphere of reverie and personal time. The appeal lies both in the simplicity of the materials employed and the associations made to our senses. I believe now, more than ever, individuals respond to environments that inspire ease. We are given a chance to realign our overloaded nervous systems.

    I see a resident, in their hospital gown, wheeling an IV pole, making their way slowly down a hallway to an alcove where they get to recline, revive and engage inside an installation. I see a piece set up in a nursing home that helps residents connect to the larger world through their senses and memory. I see an installation in a corner of a classroom where a child might be able to enter into, curl up with a book and find a way to feel contained and supported within a busy day.

    I believe what slows us down, even for a few moments, can remind us how extraordinary everyday objects are and shift our experience of place as we notice texture, patterns, light, movement and sound in a more focused way. I seek to create opportunities for people to experience these moments through my sculpture and installations.

    I look forward, at the Seattle Design Festival 2019, to meet architects and designers who are interested in working collaboratively to bring what I do, out of the studio.