sophia reed

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is jumping back into all things art this week with local painter Sophia Reed (@sophiapaints)!

Sophia is a long time KCAC friend and we are on the edge of our seats to see what amazing things she has in store for all of us on her Instagram journey this week! Sophia was an award winner in the 2014 Undergraduate College Student Exhibition and has since then been making amazing artwork and traveling across the country showing the world what she’s got. Her paintings are abstracted visions of the world around her and give us glimpses into her approach to drowned out the cacophony of noise that surrounds us.

Sophia will be exhibiting her latest works Through Waves & The Silent World Below here at KCAC November 10 – 29, 2017! Swing by KCAC for a variety of awesome upcoming events with Sophia this month including:


We are anxious to what Sophia has to share with us, so here are a few words from her about her work and artistic inspiration…

“Gravity, a force constant unless pulled from this world. Flesh, part of my physical self. Art, an uneasy part of me that I run to and from. I am beginning to see how little choice I have in it. I do not know how much I understand about my works but it continues to form from these gravity strained hands.

Language was a system created in order for us to communicate with one another. Art is a language too. Not in black or white, formed sentences, or text, but shapes and colors. Little do I know about my existence, yet I find myself making. We all do it. I am not special. It is special to share it with each other.

Here, I attempt to form words for a language who’s meaning cannot be translated. I do not always know what it is I am doing. I simply find myself in this act of breathing, like you. I am often scared, and other times full of joy. Each day passes, I feel a wildly large spectrum of emotions. We are all living, time continues to pass.

My current works are mostly ocean scenes. I saw something beautiful about the quality of water, something calm yet rigid. A body vast, making up most of our world, yet it is something we know very little about. I often feel this about myself, that there are parts I have not seen. Parts of us that have not been explored. Trying to understand this new world is exciting. I have plunged myself into its depths.

Life at the bottom of the ocean continues to expand our understanding of the world. Ecosystems living without the sun. Colors never before seen. Sometimes this space we live in gets entirely too loud. I wonder about who we might be in a new world, free of the systems we have set up.

I continue through my days, daydreaming of a place like the ocean. Waves of reality break through and I ask myself, can these worlds coexist.”

We just can’t wait to see what Sophia has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Sophia on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, November 2nd – Tuesday, November 7th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle