There's a saying that floats around every so often that there's nothing more boring than other people's dreams. As a person who both loves chatting about, and hearing about dreams; I'd beg to differ. And it seems that young Greek artist Sofia Stevi would too, having created a stunning body of work that uses figurative studies as a way of exploring her own desires and dreams.
The gorgeous fluidity of her work reflects her love of the writings of Victorian poet Christina Rossetti; while the deeply personal nature of what she does delineates an interest in the dichotomies and relationships between the real and the imaginary.
Next month sees the opening of Stevi's first solo presentation in a public institution at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Running from 15 December 2017 – 22 April 2018, the show will feature a selection of recent paintings alongside a new body of work called turning forty winks into a decade.
As well as drawing from poetry and literature, much of the source material for Stevi's large-scale paintings, sculpture, books, works on paper and installations, are inspired by philosophy and the everyday – particularly found Instagram images.
These snippets of digital flotsam take form as figurative studies in Japanese ink on fabric; creating gorgeous lyrical forms in colourways that hint at Stevi's former training as a graphic designer.