We are excited to announce our second featured artist who is showcasing her work as part of Factory Mark Gallery’s Beyond Body exhibit: Christine Sopata. Christine is a visual storyteller who balances narratives with allegorical imagery through sculpture and mixed mediums. Here are five things you should know about her:
- Art has always been a passion
Though it took some time for her to find her niche, Christine has always had an interest in art. For her, art always provided an escape from the stress of day-to-day life. Christine credits her teachers and fellow classmates at the Delaware College of Art and Design and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts with allowing her to better understand the art within herself.
- Amber shellac is her favorite medium
Out of all the different materials she uses, Christine says that her favorite medium to work with is amber shellac. She uses shellac with other mediums to create various textures “happy accidents."
- She’s inspired by her faith
To Christine, Christianity is far more a way of life than religion. The Old Testament, and the Gospel have had an enormous impact on her art. These readings shape the primary themes seen in her work: nature, bodily decay, and the progress of time and how it’s surrounded by outside materials. The human form is another huge inspiration for Christine. She’s fascinated not only with the idea of leaving the body, but also with attempting to capture what that looks like in her art. The body, in her eyes, is a shell that houses immense energy and movement which she describes as the “true being.”
- Fun fact: She never includes a head in her work
True to her Christian roots, Christine believes the only closed heaven is between the ears. Once you’re able to get away from that, then you can live. By not including a head, she seeks to free the mind from the anxiety and negativity that can occur there. The idea of being “freed from the mind” is a theme she become inspired by after seeing work by Martin Puryear.
- The most surprising reactions to her work
Though she’s still trying to figure out exactly why, people often get an overwhelming sense of food from her work. On multiple occasions, Christine has been asked if her work could be eaten or touched. Other responses to her work have been more associated with a means of being crucified. The fact that the public can see these diverse types of themes through her work is something that keeps her inspired and motivated to create more. To learn more about the Factory Mark Gallery, visit www.factorymarkgallery.com