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.
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.
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.
How would you describe yourself in 80 characters?
Sophia Sobers: getting intimate with plants to create new types of art.
Pasta or sushi?
Apple or android?
Picasso or Matisse?
Emma Watson or Scarlett Johansson?
Coffee or tea?
Fame or money?
Love or friendship?
Train or plane?
Jackie Collins or 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.