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About the Artist

Sofia Babaeva (Seattle) is a multi-disciplinary artist. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia but the Pacific Northwest is home. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Washington’s 3D4M program with a focus in ceramics and fiber. Her practice focuses on exploring the concept of identity as it relates to place, culture, personal relationships. She often references her Russian upbringing and heritage through material choices and nods to visual traditions. In 2015, she assisted in teaching a sculptural felting workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Sofia completed the Artist Trust EDGE program in 2016. In 2017, she created site-specific hand-felted installations for the Office of Arts and Culture's Seattle Center Sculpture Walk, the Shunpike Storefronts program, and the Fremont Solstice Parade. She also collaborated with performing artists for Medicine Ball at the Erikson Theater in Seattle and showed a new series of paintings at Zeitgeist.

Sofia received 2017 GAP Award funding for We Go Wandering Forth, a temporary installation that will be created as part of the Shunpike Storefronts program in late 2017. The installation, which will consist of wool pods of various sizes, will be hand-felted from locally sourced wool over the course of the summer in various outdoor locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

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From the Artist

The next time that I'm slaving away in my studio on a project that might not even get shown, possibly at 2 a.m., eyes aching and stomach growling, but my brain on fire with the need to make - I'll think of Artist Trust. Thank you for believing in me, even when I don't believe in myself some times. Artists don't do what they do for fame or money or that sweet Instagram shot, they make work because at the root of it all they can't not, even at their own inconvenience or self-interest. And it feels incredible when someone thinks that that work is worth even a second glance. So thank you, Artist Trust, for not only giving my work a second glance, but the funds to keep this crazy need of mine going.

Sofia Babaeva