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Sofia Arnold

Sofia Arnold

These Chickens are Better than the Last Chickens, oil on linen

These Chickens are Better than the Last Chickens, oil on linen

The first three things that pop into my head when I look at Sofia Arnold's paintings are 'whimsical,' 'fun,' and 'dark,' as if in these pieces, one doesn't really exist without the other. None of those words do her paintings justice, as they don't encapsulate the entire oeuvre of these works: they're a double-edged knife sheathed in something sweet. Reminiscent of fairy tales and folklore, these paintings have an illustrative quality that hedges at a narrative we're probably not meant to fully grasp.

Especially attractive to me are her use of rich greens and jewel tones that bring about a feeling of woodsiness and a certain mystery associated with being 'out there.' Figures, animals, and foliage dot strange, stage-like scenes, giving the feeling that we are able to oversee a private moment, sometimes tense, from our spot above, perhaps perched in a tree. It's this covert, silent observation that we as the viewer are able to participate in, which brings these works to life.

Sofia Arnold is based in Chattanooga, TN and currently has work in a group exhibition called Out of Madison at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, featuring seven artists who studied under Fred Stonehouse at the University of Wisconsin-Madison--on through 17 January, 2016. More work and information can be found at sofia-arnold.com.

---Kate

The Suburbs II, oil on paper

The Suburbs II, oil on paper

M. Wormhole on Her Birthday, acrylic on wood

M. Wormhole on Her Birthday, acrylic on wood

Two Balls, oil on paper

Two Balls, oil on paper

Goodbye to the Worm Farm, acrylic and oil on canvas

Goodbye to the Worm Farm, acrylic and oil on canvas

Visitor in the Garden, acrylic on canvas

Visitor in the Garden, acrylic on canvas

The Mossholders, acrylic and oil on canvas

The Mossholders, acrylic and oil on canvas

All images are copyright Sofia Arnold (sofia-arnold.com) and used with the artist's permission.

Arden Hendrie

Arden Hendrie

Douglas Degges

Douglas Degges

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