Introducing Sophia Zarders

Californian illustrator and comic artist joins SomoS

from: 01.09.2018   to: 31.10.2018

SomoS is happy to welcome Californian artist Sophia Zarders to our Artist-in-Residence Program.

Zarders is an illustrator and comic artist who combines diverse media.
Zarders received a BFA in Illustration from California State University and is currently working as a freelance artist and part-time educator. They have created comics and zines and have published in magazines such as The Nation, Resist! Magazine, Shameless Magazine. Zarders is known for a range of emotional self-portraits and progressive political posters.

During their stay at SomoS, Zarders is experimenting with various media and deepening their creative process; the main project is writing and illustrating a multi-media graphic novel, which deals with issues such as generational trauma, partnership, and discovery. This project, which has been in Zarders’ mind for some time, has a personal character, since it is connected to the artist’s family history.

Utilizing their time in Berlin, Zarders hopes to connect with local artists and creators, and experiment with digital media by creating an animated short. With a background in activism, Zarders hopes to get connected with the social justice scene in Berlin, and possibly contribute to the never-ending pursuance of equality and freedom with their artworks. Greatly interested in underground film, Zarders appropriates and subverts the monolithic imagery of Hollywood, which dominates much of the media world, within their newest work.

I want to combine my passion for social justice, the graphic novel, and contemporary mythology into a book that will speak to many underserved audiences.

Sophia Zarders, Artist’s Statement
Looking over Sophia Zarders' shoulders, painting a lager than life watercolor of a white woman in bathing suit sipping a cocktail, Berlin Fall 2018
Sophia Zarders working at SomoS, Berlin Fall 2018

By coming to Berlin, the artist wants to reflect on notions of race and nationality. The stay in another city, which stands out for its internationality and art scene, creates a unique environment for Zanders to develop their art projects.

Find more information about Sophia Zarders’ projects on their website, or visit their online store.