Sunlight Shadows: Dance on Eyelids | by Sophia Hatzikos

January 30 - March 9

image of abstract cyanotype

Artist Statement

visible patterns link systems.

we rely on:

 

raw - manipulated - produced - transformed - extracted 

 

resources / draw connections 

 

materials whisper, 

questioning consumption

 

connects unsuspecting lines

signs of decay absent. 

habits habitually present in a plateau of unawareness.

 

Biography

 

Sophia Hatzikos is a Greek/American multidisciplinary artist from Portland, Oregon, currently based in St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Economics at Wheaton College (MA) in 2020 and is working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree at Washington University in St. Louis. 

 

Hatzikos' work is rooted in environmental concerns, looking closely at material usage from raw materials to consumable products. She intentionally seeks out materials with a potency that can add to her narrative. She searches for ways to stretch a material’s use well past expiration or planned obsolescence – often envisioning possibilities for raw materials beyond their predisposed purposes. Hatzikos’ investigates the harm caused by humans to our ecosystem, as her concern for the inevitable environmental collapse is evident in her site reactive research and exploration. Resulting in mixed media installations that attempt to encourage conversations around excessive consumption, circularity in our economy and alternative material possibilities.

 

Her work has been shown at the Blue Sky Gallery, Dalles Arts Center, and the Attleboro Arts Museum, among others. She was the recipient of the Projects for Peace Grant (2018), Davis International Fellowship (2019), Miriam F. Carpenter Prize (2020), Kimberly Gales Emerging Artist (2021), and The Spencer T and Ann W. Olin Fellowship (2022). She was selected for a variety of residencies including Norton Island Art Residency for Writers and Artists (2021), Alta Community Enrichment Artist Residency (2021), and Sustainable Bolivia Artist in Residence (2019). Her Reincarnated Series was published in The Oregon Humanities Magazine (January 2022). 

 

Reception

 

Monday, January 30, from 2:00 - 3:00: The artist will be present to give an artist's talk and take questions. Refreshments will be provided.