Fierce Sonia at The Art League Gallery
“Paper Dolls” will be at The Art League Gallery in Old Town Alexandria from April 8 – May 3, 2010. The Opening Reception and Meet the Artist function is Thursday, April 8, 6:30-8:00 pm. Joe Chiocca, Old Town’s favorite band, will play during the Opening Reception and reunite with special guest singer Kim Kenny. Free and open to the public.
Ritual Repeat by Fierce Sonia
I am told that they're expecting over 400 people at the opening reception, making this one of the largest in history around here, as this show is creating a lot of "buzz" on Facebook and other places.
During her tenure as a figure model for The Art League School, Fierce Sonia quietly acquired a top-notch visual arts education. Motivated by the artwork she saw, she became eager to create her own work. She cabled her camera to her TV and released the shutter with an infrared remote. Sonia used herself as her own model, learning more about composition and technique based on what she saw on the screen.Below is a small drawing that I did of her years ago:
Her figurative photography has evolved to a new and exciting place. The focus is on process. In Sonia’s latest series “Paper Dolls,” the same images reoccur with confident changes to the surface. Her work is no longer straight photography. With the integration of painting and collage into her images, Sonia’s work has reached a new level.
The black and white images of herself are often printed on paper that has been painted white, which creates a rich texture. Each piece is created in a unique way. Previous prints may be collaged to create depth. Multiple runs of the same print may be made on the same piece. More painting, layering might be necessary to create the desired effect. These alterations to the surface blur the identity of the original image, and make the series of work about the medium and the process, and not about the subject matter.
Sonia’s work has been exhibited and won accolades nationally. She is a professional art model and muse for artists and photographers and has worked with nationally and internationally known artists.
Sonia by F. Lennox Campello. Charcoal on Paper. 5x4 inches. Circa 2005
And below is is a magnificent oil portrait of Sonia by Edward J. Reed, who goes by Ted, and who teaches portrait painting at the Art League in Alexandria.
"Pippy Takes a Ride" by Ted Reed.
Do not miss this show!