SHRINE NYC Group Show, Feb 2021

A Virtual Exhibition of some paintings

CIRCA Class of 2020

Diverso, film of drawings and objects with recorded videos and sounds, 1:50

Diverso is an assemblage of moments in time, captured through film, drawing and objects. It is set to words from the physicist Carlo Rovelli’s “The Order of Time”.
My work of late has grappled with the qualities and divisions of time: the moment, the duration, historical change. This work is an attempt to document the microcosm, at a time of what feels like world-historical rupture. Our experience of physical time is mediated through memory - which is itself an entropic, creative process. This work seeks to capture something of that chaos and entropy, and by so doing, to chart the physical reproduction of the world from moment to moment. I was particularly interested in how layering my studio work with video could alter its quality, through the simple disruption of the static by the continuous.

Words: “We are stories, contained within the twenty complicated centimetres behind our eyes…lines drawn by traces left by the (re)mingling together of things in the world, and oriented toward predicting events in the future, toward the direction of increasing entropy, in a rather particular corner of this immense, chaotic universe.” from Carlo Rovelli, “The Order of Time” (2017)
Voice: my mum
Music: Tim Cornelius - Lampara del Ermitano (Fördämning Arkiv, 2019)
Feat. @a_fish_you_have_already_caught

Diverso screened on the Piccadilly Lights screen, 18/08/20, exhibiting with

Diverso screened on the Piccadilly Lights screen, exhibiting with

MAFA Exhibition, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art
Feburary 2020

Through my artistic practice I seek to map the self. The need to create maps -- to situate ourselves and make our space legible -- is an essential impulse. My work incorporates elements of autobiography, anthropology, and map-making. My current work looks to the connections between memory and map-making. Indeed, these two themes were explicitly linked in Renaissance cartography, where the presentation of space was often mnemonic and rhetorical, rather than straightforwardly ‘scientific'. In this respect, I have been strongly influenced by the work of Frances Yates’ The Art of Memory and Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas. Map-making is a form of creative practice -- tracing journeys over time. In his introduction to his Mnemosyne Atlas, Warburg explains how he had set out to create a cartography of “ motion”. The Atlas is figured as an inventory -- an embodiment of movements through and within; a distillation of the “dynamics of exchange of expressive values”. This body of work strives to achieve something similar.

Veil, sublimation dye and acrylic on plastic, fabric, wood, metal, thread, 5m², Final Year MAFA Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art, 2020

Veil, sublimation dye and acrylic on plastic, fabric, wood, metal, thread, 5m², Final Year MAFA Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art, 2020

There is a close lexical relationship between sails and garments, in Latin, the word “velum” denoted both “sail” and “veil” or “covering”. This informed my decision to sublimation dye print patterns from among my grandmother's possessions onto a found sail. The work invokes biographical elements of her life, but it gestures towards broader themes -- voyages, migration, folk tradition.

Weglom, sublimation dye and acrylic on plastic, fabric, wood, metal, thread, 3m²

The titles of my most recent body of work reveal thematic and semantic connections between my artistic preoccupations. The title “weglom” evokes what is thought to be the Proto-Indo-European root of "sail" (“weg”: “to weave a web”). Weglom responds to a story my grandmother once told me, about how she would fashion dresses from silk parachutes that fell close to her home during the Allied landings in Salerno in 1943. She left Italy in the 1950s, migrating to London to work as a seamstress.

Ger (work in progress), acrylic on fabric, plastic, wood, thread, 3.5m²

Ger is a large-scale work in progress that evokes etymology: “Ger”, the etymological root of “chart”, is thought to have meant both “yearning” and “enclosure”. In the early 19th century, the inhabitants of the Marshall Islands mapped ocean voyages through stick chart maps which were plotted and memorised prior to the journey.

In this piece, I sought to plot traces and journeys from my family history. Through steam-bending wood panels to form the structure of Ger, I created my own chart by mapping my close relatives' journeys to the United Kingdom. I unraveled the seams of my grandfather’s jackets and layered the material over the wooden form as a direct response to investigations into folding and unfolding.

Entering Over and Under and In and Out 
joint exhibition with Eleanor Beale
Old Firestation, Edinburgh College of Art

For this exhibition, Sofia Hallstrom and Eleanor Beale present  two sound pieces, performance, laser cut roman column, sails, film. The artists share an interest in modern day club culture settings, memory, and time-space limitations.

poem by Eleanor Beale, read as part of performance: 

water pours when its warm outside and seeps through every bit fingernails , toes, table tops armchairs, the hairs on ur tummy and fills up the room to the tip ceiling and then i swim , when does floating around in it become drowning. the ruptured and slightly worse twin is desire and need , a wrong reflection, i miss them all i’ve been walking through the wrong door but the label on it said self directed route