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Meet The Artist: Captivating Installation Sculptor Sophia Sobers Opens Up

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Kristie Garrell
Updated: 12 December 2015
New York City is full of emerging artists, but Sophia Sobers stands out with ethereal, nature-inspired sculptures that combine plant life with man-made elements. From art in public spaces to smaller installations, Sobers displays a wide range of creativity. Here, we got to know about Sobers herself, her inspiration, and her career as an artist.

To What Once Was, Sophia Sobers, 2014, wood, fabric, rhododendron, soil, and light | Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers
To What Once Was, Sophia Sobers, 2014, wood, fabric, rhododendron, soil, and light | Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers

What is the most unusual request you’ve had?

I was asked to create an art installation in an abandoned warehouse for a winter solstice party. It turned out to be a super fun night filled with mustachioed 80s karaoke strip tease, opera singers, and bitterly freezing temperatures!

What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?

It’s one thing to just make art—but you need to find a group of like-minded people. This can be at art openings, receptions, studio visits, even getting in touch with someone you admire. Not only will you meet amazing people, your art will grow, you’ll develop great friendships, and these people will nurture and motivate you as you pursue your career.

What’s next?

I’m in the middle of dreaming up some big projects for art in public spaces, but in the meantime, I will be churning out GIFs of plants throughout the winter months.

I Walk This Earth, Therefore I Dream, Sophia Sobers, 2014, wood, plexiglass, plants, and solar powered LED lights |Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers
I Walk This Earth, Therefore I Dream, Sophia Sobers, 2014, wood, plexiglass, plants, and solar powered LED lights |Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers

What is your dream project?

One of many dream projects is to build a series of mobile buildings—like miniature traveling plant oases. These would be spaces for people to escape, relax, and to take a break for part of the day, and also become re-integrated with nature. The inside of each would be like a personal retreat to a botanical garden or spa.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing?

I already do so many things crossing disciplines that it’s hard to pinpoint what else I would want to do! I would love to return to designing architectural spaces, or maybe even explore interior design. Now that I’ve been away from formal design for so long, I feel like I would bring a distinctively artful perspective. I’ve also fostered an interest in alternative medical treatments and would love to create unique healing spaces.

I Walk This Earth, Therefore I Dream, Sophia Sobers, 2014, wood, plexiglass, plants, and solar powered LED lights |Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers
I Walk This Earth, Therefore I Dream, Sophia Sobers, 2014, wood, plexiglass, plants, and solar powered LED lights |Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers

How would you describe yourself in 80 characters?

Sophia Sobers: getting intimate with plants to create new types of art.

Quickfire Questions:

Pasta or sushi?

Sushi

Apple or android?

Apple

The Night She Wept, Sophia Sobers, 2014, sweet potato plants in tables made from windows, fabric, thread, and lights | Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers
The Night She Wept, Sophia Sobers, 2014, sweet potato plants in tables made from windows, fabric, thread, and lights | Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers

Picasso or Matisse?

Picasso

Emma Watson or Scarlett Johansson?

Scarlett

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

Fame or money?

Money

Love or friendship?

Friendship

Recreating My Dreams of Past, Present, and Future, Sophia Sobers, 2015, looping videos and GIFs, framed in wood | Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers
Recreating My Dreams of Past, Present, and Future, Sophia Sobers, 2015, looping videos and GIFs, framed in wood | Image courtesy of Sophia Sobers

Train or plane?

Plane

Jackie Collins or Ernest Hemingway?

Ernest Hemingway

Check out Sophia’s work on her website and in galleries all over NYC.



By Kristie Garrell

Kristie currently studies media, culture, and the arts at The King’s College. While she loves writing both nonfiction and fiction, she also enjoys making collages and sketching. She loves sitting in parks, exploring cafés and bars in Brooklyn, and admiring clothes she could never afford. She enjoys the poetry of E.E. Cummings, and Jeffrey Eugenides is her literary idol.