Sophie Schwartz

Sophie Schwartz is a Cleveland born artist living in New York City. She is a 2017 graduate of the Modern Culture + Media program at Brown University. Her work bridges traditional technique with contemporary content, melding critical theory with a host of media forms. She has been exhibited nationally both in group and solo shows with her most recent exhibition, We Do the Rest, at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. She was a 2018 artist in residence at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and is currently participating in the Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion artist residency.

Chosen Community

I am interested in exploring the notion of chosen communities, turning to my most immediate communities to focus on issues of intimacy, power, and exposure within relationships. While I hold onto traditional photographic techniques as I make images with a 4×5 view camera, I populate my images with the uniquely modern subject. These portraits are made collaboratively with my queer peers. With an emphasis on the queer femme and with foundation in queer theory, I worked closely with each subject to capture their power and force as they unapologetically turn and face my camera.

To view more of Sophie Schwartz’s work please visit her website.