Sophia Belkin | October 2020
Sophia Belkin (b. 1990 Moscow, Russia) lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Sophia Belkin uses dye painting, embroidery and textile collage to create intricate and dynamic compositions that reference natural processes. She works from a collection of original photographs that are printed on chiffon and attached to dyed backgrounds using a CNC embroidery machine. The appliqué technique references craft and fashion, while the content of the work mimics biological structures and movements. Like membranes within the body, or cell walls of a flower- the forms appear both permeable and rigid. Calibrating between intuitive gestural mark making and the controlled line of the CNC, the textile paintings create layered, multidimensional environments that imply a constant state of regeneration, expansion and flux.
She earned her BFA in drawing and printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. She has participated in residency programs in Vermont, Norway, Russia, and most recently the Narva Art Residency in Estonia. Recent shows include Á Condition at Calaboose in Montreal, Fossil Bloom at The Front in New Orleans, and Svetspalonos, an immersive multimedia exhibition installed on Juzna Trieda in Kosice, Slovakia. Her current practice utilizes dye painting, embroidery, textile collage and installation.