Sophie Steengracht

Moon summer
2020
Plantbased inks, pastel, charcoal and dried leaves on paper
180x120cm
Moon fall
2021
Plantbased inks, pastel
180x120cm

 

I want to tell the story of a living landscape, which in this case is intertwined with human activity. As a visual artist, the basis of creating art, for me, is always in connection with nature, in being one with the natural world. In the continuous change of order I find the essence of my artistic process. Biodiversity and processes of rotting and rebirth are essential elements of life on earth. In these natural rythms and patterns I see a mystical value with miraculous characteristics. The observation of the endless space of the night sky sparks my fascination for cosmologies and myths. Fragments of cosmologies find their way to my artworks, either consciously or through the subconscious mind. At the moment of entering the antropocene, this era, we have to start (re)considering the agency of non-human life forms. What part do plants, animals, minerals, stars and the soil play in our lives? Do we continue to exploit them or do we collaborate with and take care of them? We could make new folklore about the intertwinement of our lives with the planet that we are an undeniable part of.  In march 2020 I planted a pigment garden. I extracted pigments and dyes from the plants and flowers to use in my artworks, and while doing this, I documented the process and turned this into a virtual experience. Each time I harvest, I take care of the soil and replant in a considerate way. The garden is like a regenerative source of colours, and at the same time it brings about a bigger biodiversity. In the virtual reality film, exploring each season, you can join the process and feel the journey to the

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Moon summer
2020
Plantbased inks, pastel, charcoal and dried leaves on paper
180x120cm
Moon fall
2021
Plantbased inks, pastel
180x120cm