ALMA ZEVI Venice presents The Somnambulists, a solo exhibition of the Greek artist Sofia Stevi (1982, Athens). Stevi's lyrical practice encompasses painting, sculpture, book-making and poetry. In her work, memories of the Ancient world coexist with everyday life, resulting in compositions which have enigmatic and often broken narratives. In her instinctive process of painting, thoughts and ideas converge - with the freedom of a dream-state - into artworks that are both poetic and dramatic. Calligraphic lines describe dreamy figures that are not fixed in time or space. There is usually no foreground or background, but rather a concentrated vision of the human form.
'I remember the days I was painting these works as sunny and I remember having them around me in the sunsets and the soft natural light before it gets dark. I think I made these paintings when I was tired of working in large scale with colour and I wanted to make works concentrated in the human figure just using ink, black and white forms and grayscales. Looking at them now, I see figures trapped alone, trying to do everyday things or that are stuck in poses. What I see now has an essence of what we all go through at the moment. Everyone around me seems stuck (in a room, a house, fear, in a new lifestyle that doesn’t feel like life). But also I see dancers, gracefully taking positions in their own little space.'
Sofia Stevi (Athens, 2021)