Sophia Chilton (b. 1997, Vancouver BC) is a queer, Guelph-based abstract artist, residing on Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Studio Art.
Sophia Chilton’s practice consists of immersive and contemplative lightscapes, that transform the environment in which they are displayed. She does this by projecting her abstract paintings on and through various surfaces in a choreographed manner. She transforms a space with light in the same way a space can be invigorated by live music, creating an all-encompassing creative experience. The spaces welcome audience interaction and the movement of people throughout becomes an inspiration for future projects.
Sophia’s paintings and prints are complementary to her light installations. Her brushstrokes mimic her own movements in space and simplify them into shapes and colours. Her works are process-based and each brushstroke is a reaction to the last, much like an improvised dance or jam session. Colours, light, movement, and materials influence and inspire one another, breathing life into a blank surface