sophia bartholomew (they/them) is a trans non-binary femme and interdisciplinary artist, working with text and textiles, photography and ceramics, performance and video. They are descended from Norwegian, Irish and English settlers, living in Canada, and their practice is guided by open-ended conversation, and collaborative work with other artists.
Since receiving their BFA from UBC in 2012, sophia has attended artist-residencies across Canada and in Cuba, and presented their work in public galleries and artist-run centres, including The New Gallery (Calgary), Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), and Third Space Gallery (Saint John).
In all of my artwork I wish to affirm an embodied approach to art-making, and an investment in upholding values of impermanence, contingency, adaptability, empathy, and vulnerability.
In my current project I seek to honour day-to-day practices of domestic and emotional labour, by engaging my grandmother’s archive of photographs — particularly her photographs of non-human subjects, including houseplants, cut flowers, snow drifts, and wild animals.