Sophie Westerman is a Melbourne based artists who works primarily with printmaking and architectural motifs. Her minimal compositions are created by printing hand cut etching place on top of one another, creating layers of shapes and tone. These shapes conceal and reveal each other, using contrasting colours and textures to create a minimal landscape.
At their essence, Westerman’s landscapes are more representative of how people relate to each other than buildings. The themes she explores when making her works include anxiety, introversion, love and loss, and isolation. More broadly speaking, they look at the human desire to be close to one another and all the complications that go along with that.
I think we were friends once, maybe is comprised of nine colour etchings. The series introduces colour to Westerman’s usually black and white palate. This new element has added extra dimension to her work, contrasting against the still and quiet of her compositions with bright and dynamic colours. Westerman notes that this reflects the joy that can come from friendship and community, and the underlying insecurities it can bring.
As somebody who is particularly interesting in writing and literature, the titles of Westerman’s work are as important as the work itself. They are a way for the artist to communicate the deep feelings and emotions tied to her works without ever having to reveal the stories behind them.
Please join us for the official opening of I think we were friends once, maybe on Saturday 8th June 2-4PM.
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