sophie Witter

I will one day., 2023

87 × 71 cm
‘I will one day’ is a still life painting of some of my favourite vases and pots that appear like family members in many of my paintings. This work draws attention to the process of painting and is loose and expressionistic. The work uses colour, line, and composition to create an image of the vases, pots, flowers and gums and places them against a layered, pick space. The objects are anchoring the viewer to the present, where as the title hints at the subjectivity of the artist who is contemplating future intentions.

Sophie Witter began painting as a way of engaging with and representing the objects and relationships in her life. Sophie is a self-taught artist who lives in Hobart with her partner and four children. Her work brings attention to the process of making art, and that it is often a composite process, completed in chaotic spaces, in between doing other things. Sophie is interested in collapsing the idea that art is made, consumed, and engaged with in elite and discrete spaces.

Sophie has had two solo exhibitions at Penny Contemporary and has been in group exhibitions at Fenton and Fenton, AK Bellinger Gallery and Weswal Gallery. Sophie was a finalist in the Paddington art prize in 2020 and was part of the National Emerging Art Prize ACB Selects exhibition in 2021.

Sophie’s works focus is varied, and includes still life’s, landscapes, and abstracts. Sophie works predominantly with paint and uses colour and line as a starting point in her works. From there it is an intuitive process informed by the moment in time in which it is being created.

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