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Art & Life with Sofia Maria Paz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sofia Maria Paz.

Sofia Maria, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m an Argentine-American artist, currently pursuing an MFA printmaking degree at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. Before receiving my BFA degree at UT Austin, I grew up abroad in Geneva, Switzerland and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently, my practice is built on a multidisciplinary approach, with the core concerns of my work stemming from print-media, book arts, and paper engineering.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My creative practice is fueled by how art can visually give voice to those who have fallen victim to sexually abusive and violent traumatic experiences. By combining individual mark-making with traditional printmaking processes, my art discusses the relationships between memory, reality, and fiction. I intuitively appropriate visual sources from 18th Century art, social media, 1970s horror films, and fairytales, into visual graphics to honor storytelling history and reveal a macabre essence of the human condition. The core concerns of my artwork aim to bridge the gap between past and present-tense imagery in order to spark a conversation and build a relationship with the viewer, the narrative, and the victim.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
I always tell my students that they have to find / decide what makes their work different from the rest. Essentially, what makes them stand out and how is it adding to the conversation in today’s contemporary fine art world? From there one can nurture their talent and grow towards a successful career. The important thing is to be patient and be brave. Just put yourself out there and never back down from an opportunity because you feel like you aren’t good or talented enough to meet it.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have exhibited in galleries mainly in the downtown Phoenix area, but right now I am focused on completing work for my solo MFA thesis exhibition “Fractured Memory.” Opening night will be on November 2nd at Grant Street Studio’s Step Gallery in Phoenix form 6pm-10pm. The show will be on display till the 10th. Until then, all are welcome to come visit me and see my work in my studio at Grant Street Studios via appointment. My contact information can be found on my website at www.sofiamariapaz.com

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