Sonya Blesofsky
My artwork deals with urban change –how the unfixed nature of the city presents itself as an endless pattern of decline and growth. Architectural decay, structural failure, rapid redevelopment and gentrification add to the continuous and cyclical layering of history that serves as my source material.

I am interested in issues that come with urban development, such as the fragility of communities and lost histories, but I also intend these concerns to serve as metaphors for memory, personal upheaval, transition, and loss.

Each sculptural artwork I create is site-specific –literally made from or attached to the space in which it is installed –and is emblematic of the history of that place. I work in a direct manner, improvising with materials on-site, as a way to make meaning and understand my surroundings and our current place in history. My most recent work involves cutting into walls and scraping away at surfaces to reveal recent and long forgotten histories. I use found (in-situ) objects, embossed paper surfaces, handmade plaster parts, and architectural interventions in a labor-intensive process. Once built, the work will soon break, decay, be deconstructed or erased; this is temporary work.

My aim is that each installation I create reveals the surprise of what lies beneath the surface, but is also recognizable enough to speak to the collective experience of life in the built environment. With this work I want to capture remnants and traces, and memorialize the resourcefulness of the ever-changing city.