Memphis, TN | Sculpture, Sound, Performance, Installation
Sophia Mason’s sculptures, installations, and performances have been shown in exhibitions internationally and in the United States, including The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee and at the Fundacion in Comillas, Spain. Her work has hung at the Memphis International Airport and several private collections hold key works. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from Rhodes College including the Sally Becker Grinspan Award for Artistic Achievement, The Fine Arts Fellowship, and the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies. Sophia Mason was raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She received her BA in Art from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
My sculptural work won’t offend your pious grandma, not right away. She’ll see soft, pleasant, domestic objects that I’ve idealistically embellished to find comfort in my convoluted faith. While I find solace and humility behind my grandma’s sewing machine, I battle with pride and anger at the ways her religion holds us both down. Religion used to calm and ignite me, but now I hopelessly stuff meaning into contrived seams.
These collages and forms then are for youthful bodies who still carry the facial features of our grandmothers. They advertise our ancestral traditions, with our younger, disillusioned hindsight as well.