work on paper     

Artist Statement

Sophie Nicolay

Sophia Nicolay was born and raised in Sandwich, New Hampshire. She has been interested in art from a young age, when her parents introduced her to drawing, clay, and photography, and brought her to art exhibitions in Boston and New York. Sophia went on to study art at Rhode Island School of Design, and later at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has exhibited her work in New York and Michigan, and has attended residencies and fellowships at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Maine) and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Arizona). Sophia has pieces in the private collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk Van Otterloo. She currently works and lives with her family in Amsterdam.


Burst Series
These prints are a study in temporality and change. They capture the moments just before, during, and after the explosion of large and small ink bubbles. The series explores the fragility of form, as the bubbles are destroyed and find their final resting place on the paper.

Stuck Series
This series explores the balance between precision and chaos, and between substance and non-substance. The forms evoke strings and pins which normally fasten and bind materials together, but here they constitute objects in their own right. This draws attention to the everyday objectifications by which we perceive things where there are only components.

Postage People Series
These collages juxtapose the visual language of advertising and gossip magazines with the formal imagery of postage stamps. New and irreverent meanings emerge as the interpretive frames of material consumerism and the stoic self-representation of the state collide. Ink and Charcoal Landscape Series These ink and charcoal landscapes attempt to capture the essence of place and memory through intuition and gesture.