About Sonja Saxvik

Artist Statement

I am an Interdisciplinary artist. I draw inspiration from nature and I am particularly drawn to how unnatural nature can appear, particularly in colour and reflections. I am always on the lookout for patterns and contrast in the landscape which influence my photography and my paintings.

Mythology has played a large role in much of my work and is seen in particular in my film and installation work. Baubo, filmed in 1996 is a short film celebrating the myth of the Dirty Belly Goddess whose gift is the revolutionary power of laughter. Other film work has drawn on iconic imagery to provide access and inclusion, we are all connected, and we all belong.

My work continues to evolve and expand while maintaining strong roots in myth, exploration and connection. 

I traveled to Spain in 2019 exploring the rich diversity of Andalusia, La Mancha and Catalonia. I was fortunate to be an artist in residence at Centre d'Art i Natura de Farerra in the beautiful Pyrenees. I had previously immersed myself in another art/nature residency at the Art and Wilderness Retreat Flinders Island Tasmania. I hope to continue to travel and work in nature around Australia and the World. 

CV

Studies:

1996- Diploma of Art and Design. West Australian School of Art and Design TAFE

1998- Bachelor Degree Visual Arts. University of Western Sydney

2003- Bachelor Degree of Education (Primary) University of Western Sydney

 

Recent Exhibitions/Prizes/ Residency:

2014- 2nd Prize Gulgong Art Competition and Exhibition. Gulgong NSW

2015- Co-Version. Group exhibition with Adrian Symes. Atlelier Gallery Katoomba NSW Australia

2016- Arts Open Festival Group Exhibiton with 26 other artists @ Old Castlemaine Gaol. Castlemaine VIC

2016- Vagabondage. Solo Exhibition @ CASPA Castlemaine VIC

2016- Vaga Da Point. Solo Exhibition@ Rivadestra Darlington Point NSW

2016- Artist in Residence Mountain Seas Flinders Island Australia

2016- Travel Log- solo exhibition Garutes Café Kathmandu Nepal

2017- Garden of Earthly Delights Festival Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens. NSW Australia

2019-Old Saw. Solo exhibition @ Gallery 188 Katoomba NSW

2019-Artist in Residence Centre d'Art i Natura de Farrera Spain

Sonja Saxvik Artist | sonjasaxvik@gmail.com | T: 0474 569 614
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