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Slice of Water – new paintings by Sophia Belkin

Dinner Gallery to present Slice of Water, an exhibition of new paintings by Sophia Belkin, this is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Sophia BelkinA Blade, the Core, a Blossom, 2022Digitally printed textile, embroidery, dyed denim9.25 x 11 x 0.75 in (23.5 x 27.9 x 1.9 cm)Courtesy the artist & gallery
Sophia Belkin, A Blade, the Core, a Blossom, 2022 Digitally printed textile, embroidery, dyed denim 9.25 x 11 x 0.75 in (23.5 x 27.9 x 1.9 cm) Courtesy the artist & gallery

Belkin’s work explores the transformation of energy between organic and inorganic materials within the ecosystem. She photographs images that are digitally printed on fabric and then collages them together with ink-dyed fabrics that resemble spliced specimens viewed under a microscope lens. The result is an amalgamation of micro and macro views that fluctuate between abstraction and representational imagery.

From afar, Belkin’s works reveal themselves as abstracted forms of plants or water droplets outlined by embroidery. Upon closer inspection, Belkin offers glimpses into her own visual diary through closely cropped images of daily objects, nature walks and magnified insects. Weaving these images together with the loose structures of the dyed-fabric, Belkin flattens perspective and makes these two disparate elements interchangeable. The use of materials echo one another and indicate the process of recycling and regeneration.

Sophia Belkin, Between the Brambles, 2022 Digitally printed textile and embroidery with dyed linen 18 x 15.25 x 0.75 in (45.7 x 38.7 x 1.9 cm), Courtesy the artist & gallery
Sophia Belkin, Solstice Stretching, 2022 Digitally printed textile and embroidery on dyed linen 34 x 40 x 1.5 in (86.4 x 101.6 x 3.8 cm), Courtesy the artist & gallery

Inspired by her time in New Orleans, Slice of Water is Belkin’s poetic response to the city’s relationship with water. Geographically located in an area, where the infrastructure has been constructed, supported, and destroyed by water, she explores the power and omnipresence of nature. The fluid quality of water is mimicked in her treatment of dyes – allowing the pigment to flow or be constricted within her embroidered shapes.

Belkin’s practice is deeply rooted in environmental cognizance and sustainability. Drawing on the law of conservation of energy, which states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, she considers ways in which materiality is negotiated within the cosmos. Symbolized by her practice of recycling fabrics and images, Belkin reinforces this concept, constantly changing the state in which her materials and imagery are being engaged. In this way, she compels us to consider notions of how possessions live on long after they are gone from our lives.

Sophia Belkin, Lichen Language, 2022 Digitally printed textile, dyed linen and embroidery 14 x 11 x 0.75 in (35.6 x 27.9 x 1.9 cm), Courtesy the artist & gallery

Sophia Belkin, Slice of Water, March 9th – April 22nd, 2023, Dinner Gallery, 242 West 22nd Street,
New York, NY 10011
Buzzer #1, Art Opening Thursday, March 9th 6-8pm

About the artist

Sophia Belkin (b. 1990, Moscow, Russia) earned her BFA in drawing and printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Belkin’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA; Resort in Baltimore, MD; Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Blondefabrikken in Skudeneshavn, Norway; Calaboose in Montreal, Canada; and Junza Trieda in Kosice, Slovakia. She has participated in various residency programs in Wisconsin, Vermont, Norway, Russia, and Estonia. Belkin currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD.



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