ArtJunk
No. 09—2024

Soirée: Sophie Westerlind. You danced on the carpet and waited for her

Galerie Norbert Arns

Sophie Westerlind

Info: My artistic practice centers on the question of mark-making. I use a variety of materials to achieve this: oil pastels for drawing, oil for painting. In recent years my work has particularly concentrated on the figure of the nude via in-person sittings and self-portraiture. My nudes are not erotic but vulnerable and collaborative. My approach is time and location-specific, and also shaped by colour, mood atmosphere and natural light. Photographs, both digital and analogue, are central, allowing for attunement to the subtleties of texture and emotion via brushwork. Photographs from friends and family provide intimate aide-memoires. As a Swedish artist who studied in London for six years before moving to Venice to study anatomy and painting, »home« is three different countries. Still, I thrive in different environments and residencies crucially help me to push myself and experiment with my work. 

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