Sophie Witter

Just Because, 2021

51 × 46 cm
Just Because is a still life painting based on a bunch of flowers I received for my wedding anniversary from my mother-in-law. I have placed the vase and flowers in between a little spider plant and a decorative pot. This is painting is one of a series of six I am doing of flowers and pots.
I have used colour and line expressively to capture the feel and movement of the flowers and their almost sculptural appeal. I painted this in one session, as I wanted the quick brushstrokes to create a spontaneous and playful feel. I have used limited colours to tie the painting together and reflect the simple and aesthetic appeal of flowers.
I often paint pots, vases and flowers as they are something I have through out my home and studio and also had in abundance in my childhood home. I like to have subjects in my paintings that connect me to my childhood and create a visual continuity between the past and now.
I am always interested in exploring subjectivity and the visual connections between thinking, doing, imagining and remembering. The titles of my works anchor them in the daily, chaos of life, keeping them real and present.
I started thinking about painting and making when I moved from Sydney to Hobart with my family approximately eleven years ago. For many years this looked like doing collages and drawing with my children on the kitchen table. I work as a social worker and have four children, so had to make the art making as accessible as possible. I have no formal art training, so let my intuition and interest direct me. In 2016, my mother was diagnosed with advanced cancer. In 2017 as a tribute to her, and her love of all things aesthetic, my sisters and I decided to put on an art show at Breathing Colours Gallery. I then started an Instagram account featuring my art and the process of painting. I was then offered representation from Penny Contemporary, a gallery in Hobart where I had a solo show in 2018. Since then, I have been in two group shows at A.K. Bellinger Gallery and in 2020 my sister and I put on a joint show for the anniversary of our mother’s death at the Watch Tower in Sydney. In 2021, I have sold works through Fenton and Fenton, and recently was in their Spring show, which was a large, group, online exhibition. In 2020, I was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize. I continue to work part time as a counsellor and also concurrently am trying to build my art career and practice.

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