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Ellen

Sophie

UNITED KINGDOM

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“Everything is random, memories and thoughts float about; last week feels the same as ten years ago.”

Sophie is an Autistic Artist who is completely self-taught. After suffering a mental breakdown at the age of 18 she was never able to attend art school, however, Sophie was determined not to let this hold her back in achieving her life’s dreams.

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She creates highly detailed images by using paper stumps which are covered in loose charcoal or graphite powder, the images are then built up in a series of layers. There is no griding technique or outline sketch used.

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Einstein is arguably one of the greatest scientists that have ever lived. He had a form of Autism which I believe is what helped him in achieving his scientific excellence. His ability to think deeply about a problem and to always ask why.
Leaning in towards the paper as if he is peering into your soul, the black background is symbolic of space time, the way the science eluded him for many years smothering his thoughts. His illuminated face reflects how he shed light on our Universe.

Sophie simply starts with a tiny mark and lets the rest of the piece flow outwards from that point. She uses colors in the form of a watercolor rinse to draw our attention towards a specific theme or to blur the line between whether you are looking at an image with the colors draining out of or whether it is a black and white image with color seeping through.

“I have dedicated all my time to teaching myself art.”

“When I see something, I never see the whole image. It’s like my brain doesn’t have enough computing power to cope, so instead it just makes my eyes absorb the information in small chunks like jigsaw pieces. I see all the tiny details and marks first, a slight shadow across someone’s nose, a freckle on their chin, and slowly all these pieces slip together, and I realize I’m looking at a face.”

“Most of the time I simply don’t understand the world around me. Life is like trying to peer through a fog”

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Sophie starts by drawing tiny marks or shapes, which are at first glance, insignificant. Gradually the subject appears through multiple layers. Sophie portrays her view of the world by describing how she feels there is a breakdown between what her eyes see and what her brain can interpret.