American Artist Sophia Zarders Showcases Emotional Self Portraits Based in Pop Culture and Cinema in New Exhibition at SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin, U8 – Schönleinstraße. Tinsel Angels is a collection of paintings by the artist, Sophia Zarders, based on her experience living in Berlin as a Black American for the past three months.
The exhibition also features a journal turned graphic novel that Zarders has used to document her everyday experiences and create a host of characters that embody the various personalities she has encountered. The self portraits on display reflect emotional internal struggles which have been amplified by cultural events in pop culture and recent elections with the US. The artist uses comic styles to portray herself in the context of a “mythic” and chaotic society.
Zarders’ Tinsel Angels finds inspiration from classic cinema – referencing movies like “Valley of the Dolls” and “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud” (Elevator to the Gallows) and contextualizes herself within the subjects of these types of films. The artist seems to inhabit a host of different characters within her life sized works – conveying life as an ongoing performance, switching effortlessly between roles, worlds, and costumes. Zarders eliminates elements of reality to create a surreal fantasy landscape in which she, as a performer, ebbs in and out of. Hints of her time exploring Berlin come through in references to East Berlin socialist murals, along with traces of artists such as Francesco Clemente, Pierre Klossowski and Cindy Sherman.
About Sophia Zarders
Sophia Zarders is an illustrator and graphic novelist from Long Beach, CA. She works as a freelance artist and art instructor for artists with disabilities. Zarders has been commissioned by activist groups and organizations across the United States, including Forward Together, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Long Beach chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Sophia received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach. www.instagram.com/sophiazarders
Sophia Zarders: Tinsel Angels
WHAT: Exhibition of Paintings and drawings by Sophia Zarders
WHEN: Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, [6:00 – 9:00PM]
Duration – November 14-17, Tuesday-Saturday 2:00-7:00PM or by appointment
WHERE: SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin, U8 – Schönleinstraße