Sophia Flood

Region: Northeast

These paintings mine lived experience for a language of color, shape, and tactility. I look for overlaps between scene and sensation, using raw canvas, plaster, and paint to saturate and stain, extract hidden marks and forms, and otherwise work the full depth of my material.

When I begin a painting, I have a certain image in mind, but I have to lose track of it in order to find what I’m looking for. I don’t set out to control what a viewer sees. What excites me is when a painting reveals itself slowly, within the picture plane but also in the mind or memory. There is something specific or palpable and you might never know what it is for the painter, but the unfolding process—the space of looking—can create a parallel experience.