SOPHIE TREPPENDAHL

AUGUST 9 - october 14

  Bedroom Mirror, Afternoon,  oil on paper, 37" x 48", 2018, $5,000    Contact us for purchase

Bedroom Mirror, Afternoon, oil on paper, 37" x 48", 2018, $5,000

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  Bedroom Mirror, Pink , oil on canvas, 28" x 32", 2018, $2,500    Contact us for purchase

Bedroom Mirror, Pink, oil on canvas, 28" x 32", 2018, $2,500

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  Green Chair, Afternoon,  oil on panel, 24" x 28", 2018, $1,800    Contact us for purchase

Green Chair, Afternoon, oil on panel, 24" x 28", 2018, $1,800

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  Green Chair, Blue Of Night,  oil on panel, 24" x 33", 2018, $2,000    Contact us for purchase

Green Chair, Blue Of Night, oil on panel, 24" x 33", 2018, $2,000

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  River Stripes, Afternoon,  oil on panel, 48" x 36", 2018, $5,000    Contact us for purchase

River Stripes, Afternoon, oil on panel, 48" x 36", 2018, $5,000

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  River Stripes, Blue Of Night,  oil on panel, 36" x 48 ", 2018, $5,000    Contact us for purchase

River Stripes, Blue Of Night, oil on panel, 36" x 48 ", 2018, $5,000

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  Self Portrait, 4 pm,   oil on paper,  51" x 30", 2018, $4,000    Contact us for purchase

Self Portrait, 4 pm,  oil on paper,  51" x 30", 2018, $4,000

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  Self Portrait, 11 pm,   oil on paper,  40 " x 30 ", 2018, $3,200    Contact us for purchase

Self Portrait, 11 pm,  oil on paper,  40 " x 30 ", 2018, $3,200

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I paint because I love the way shadows and light can completely change an object or a place. I want to capture that feeling of being temporarily overwhelmed by the thing in front of you - when it feels both otherworldly and ordinary.

I paint because I love the people around me and the way they make me feel.

I paint the things I want to keep. The quiet at the river, the sun on my favorite shirt, the shadow on my best friends face.

Through painting, I aim to capture not the likeness to an image but the overwhelming  feeling of the space or a memory. In my studio, I work from recorded observations, often photographs and drawings, that then serve as a springboard to explore pattern, color, light and shadow. When creating, the representation becomes secondary, my primary focus becoming the painting process itself. As I translate reflection, pattern, and shadows through paint, the image lends itself to abstraction, manipulation and exaggeration. Through this, the painting takes on new life. And instead of creating a hollow representation of a moment that once was, I hope to create something altogether new - a painting imbued with the vibrance of that instance, the glow of how it felt, and the love of translating it through paint.

For this solo exhibition at Quirk, these works are my attempts to capture how summer feels. Not just in the general sense, but my summer, this one, here in Richmond, surrounded by the people and objects that make here home. These paintings are intimate and playful studies of the places and objects in my life and the way those very objects can completely transform in the late afternoon light and the moon shadows.  For this show, I painted each of these moments more than once to explore the way the space transforms when described again through blue of night or a glowing pink haze. These works are hung side by side, inviting the viewer to experience these spaces in multiple ways.