Sophie Najjar, They Find A Way - Original Painting
They Find A Way
16 x 13 inches
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
Sophie Najjar is an artist who lives and works in Philadelphia and Williamsport, PA. She received her BFA in Drawing & Painting and BA in Geography at The Pennsylvania State University in 2017. She attended the Heima Art Residency in Seydisfjordur, Iceland in Spring 2018, and was an artist-in-residence at The Pajama Factory in Williamsport, PA in Summer 2019.
"Through scenes both true-to-life and fictional, I aim to depict the physical realities of a place while also confronting the metaphorical and sentimental baggage within. Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, I spent my childhood observing the fervor of Penn State football, the bleakness of gray winter slush, the lushness of July cornfields, and the decay of rural Main Streets. My paintings often graft scenes from the particular geography of this landscape--farmland, football fields, ridges, valleys, and overcast skies--into narratives about the idyllic yet fraught duality of the natural and architected landscape in which I find myself. In the American imagination, our hills, roads, farms, and yards are powerful troves of memory, emotion, and shared cultural symbolism. My work attempts to indulge the fantasies and mythologies we project onto specific American geographies, while also reckoning with the innate contradictions and tragedies of these places."
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