Sofia Stevi merges in her work two opposites, living and dreaming. Her large scale paintings on unrteated cotton fabric convey a simultaneous sense of passively observing and actively experiences different spaces. The spaces in question are often confused yet domestic, and might fuse indoor and outdoor elements, or sexual symbols and psychedelic patterns. Gravity and perspective are largely lost, re-enacting a sense of moving through unrestricted space and time. At the same time the cotton fabric bears the sensuality of cotton sheets as if catching a glimpse of the artist’s dreamy thoughts.
Sofia Stevi was born in Athens in 1982 and she is graduate of the Central Saint Martin’s in London. Her practice is based on paintings but also includes sculptures, installations and books. She has co-founded the artist-run space Fokidos in 2013, where she continues to curate and host exhibitions, happenings and residencies. She started Friary Road House poetry press and she also writes.
Selected exhibitions include: turning forty winks into a decade, solo show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, curated by Emma Dean (2017); lizzie & laura, solo show at The Breeder (2017); Equilibrists at Benaki Museum in Athens, a show organized by New Museum, NY and DESTE Foundation Athens and is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen, tell me if I am too much, ALMA ZEVI Gallery-Lendi Projects, Celerina, CH (2016); Cuprum (with Talisa Lallai and Marlene Starck), Bank of Cyprus Cultural Center, Nicosia, CY (curated by Clarissa Tempestini) (2016); Aeropagus Königin (group), Parallel Vienna, Vienna, curated by Jelena Seng (2015); The London Project Goes North (group), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, (2013); The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery (2011).