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(188) Sonia Stewart - Time in Different Cities
“Time in different cities” will instantly evoke “time zones”, as in who’s sleeping who’s awake on this planet earth. For me it is more about what would I be doing with my friends and family present in the four cities where I have lived in. For instance when I wake up here in Sydney and have my first coffee of the day, my friends in my home town in Paris are probably sipping a last glass of red wine in a smokey restaurant (well, would have been smokey in my days ;-), while my english mates are finishing their last pint of beer in a stuffy smelly loud friendly pub, and my old colleagues in New York are probably starting their afterwork martini in some fancy bar. This is my modern take on these different colourful cultures and times meddling with the smells and touches safely tucked in my memory. That or the housewife in me looking forward to her next glass of wine with the hubby.
I started my figurative paintings with china ink, painting female portraits that I would find in glossy magazines. I then carried on painting portraits with oils. I fell in love with the smooth forgiving slow pace medium and I followed my inspiration flicking through magazines. As a photographer it did not take long before I focussed on painting my own existing photographs, changing my main subject from women to my two boys. Next step I actually started staging my photos with them, exploring new perspectives and dimensions. After a decade of painting I now realise I never tried to say anything with my paintings, but it was rather my paintings that tried to say something to me. From the beginning up to today, the thread in my work consisted in turmoil, anguish, bewilderment and strength. It seems I have followed a path which started with me as an accomplished woman but full of doubt and fear. I am now having a go at digital work with photoshop, loving the endless possibilities to merge all my artistic skills. As I feel more confident in my art, I am on the constant lookout for new opportunities, competitions, local exhibitions, feeling a deep urge for new challenges!
Link to Sonia’s Art Aviso profile HERE
Wendy was supplied with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
The first steps in Geography.
Geographical terms – plate 1.