Sophia Zarders

Painter, Illustrator and Comic Artist (US)

01.09.2018   - 31.10.2018

Fall 2018, SomoS welcomed Californian visual artist Sophia Zarders to its Berlin Artist-in-Residence Program.

Zarders is a painter, illustrator and comic artist who combines diverse media. Zarders is known for an ongoing series of emotional self-portraits and her progressive political posters and publications.

After receiving a BFA in Illustration from California State University Zarders currently works as a freelance artist and part-time educator, independently creating many comics and zines, and publishing work in magazines such as The Nation, Resist! Magazine and Shameless Magazine.

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

Utilizing their time in Berlin, Zarders connected with local artists and creators, and experimented with digital media by creating an animated short film.

With a background in activism, Zarders also explored the social justice scene in Berlin, a city well known for its political activism, contributing to the never-ending pursuance of equality and freedom with her artworks.

Greatly interested in cinema, Zarders appropriated and subverted the one-dimensional imagery of Hollywood, which dominates much of the media world, within her solo exhibition, Tinsel Angels.

As the artist states,

I aim to combine my passion for social justice, the graphic novel, and contemporary mythologies into work 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, Zarders also wanted to reflect on notions of race and nationality. The stay in a city such as Berlin, which stands out for its troubled political history, but also for its internationality, and thriving 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.