Sophia Pauley

2018, MA in Painting, The University of Edinburgh 

"The shapes, lines and composition of my work stem from environments that are closely associated with water, especially swimming pools, lakes and the sea. My work was inspired initially by my dedication to and love of swimming and water sports (competitively for 13 years and more recently for fitness and enjoyment). I continue to visit watery vistas to further inspire my artwork, which has evolved considerably, from direct visual representations, to abstract forms. I look in particular at the architecture surrounding these spaces, as well as the imagery created from the moving water and reflections. I use photography and drawing as a process to carefully extract the most interesting shapes, lines and tones into forms that I can translate into cohesive abstracts. My finished work uses the media of painting on canvas or wood, screen printing and painted sculptural installations. A bright colour palette accentuates the climactic perspective, the light and shadows of different environments. Examples are the extraordinary backdrop of Kantrida Swimming Pools in Rijeka and the colours and architecture of coastal Durban.
Currently, I am focussing on the beauty of the natural and urban environment on my doorstep, responding to it to create work that enhances a specific place and space. The conversation between different mediums and imagery within my drawing and making has initiated a more three dimensional approach. I aim to transfer these experiences into an interactive environment for the viewer, initiating movement around the exhibited work. I still want the simplicity and beauty of the paint to be recognised and have paid particular attention to the quality and precision of the painted surface. This has enabled me to create complex three dimensional work with a dramatic resonating impact on the viewer. " 
Umhlanga Seafront.jpeg
Umhlanga Seafront
80 cm x 100 cm
Kantrida Blocks.jpeg
Kantrida Blocks 

75 cm x 100 cm each

Digital Prints

42 cm x 29.7 cm