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Sophia Collier

Sausalito, CA

I carve water surfaces from acrylic block using a process combining imagination, software and machine tools to capture wind crossing water and the light that results. One day I was walking across a bridge and thought I wish I could just reach down into the water and pick up a piece of that shining surface and keep it forever. I traveled to Detroit and found idled expert machinists to teach me precision milling. I learned animation and 3D modeling. I experimented with materials and developed a color palette in acrylic block. Rather than hire fabricators, I developed methods and equipment to make every piece myself in my own studio in Sausalito. When I look at my finished work, I see peace. Powerful emotion and turbulence have found a resting place. The surface is a lens for pure light.

Sophia's ArtPrize Entries

These are Sophia's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.