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Moorpark College Art Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Administration Bldg.
7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, CA 91320

November 21st, 2013 - January 20th, 2014
Untitled, Untitled,
2013, acrylic on watercolor, collaged on mat board, 8" x 10"
© 2013
Other (outside main areas)
Monday - Thursday 9am-7pm & Friday 9am - noon
Moorpark College
sewing, landscape, abstract, mixed-media


Sophia Allison
November 21, 2013 - January 20, 2014
Artist Lecture: Wednesday, December 4, 1:00pm
Moorpark College Art Gallery
Administration Bldg.
7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, CA 91320
Gallery hours: Mon. - Thurs., 9a.m.-7p.m. & Fri., 9a.m.-12 noon
Contact: Erika Lizée,

Moorpark College Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Sophia Allison. In Far,
the Los Angeles-based, multi-media artist offers an autobiography of sewn landscapes and
works on paper. The work is directly connected to and inspired by the organic surroundings of
her childhood home in the mountains of Western North Carolina and her current home in Los
Angeles. Far alludes to not only the physical distance of familiar locations but also the
emotional aspects of memories attached to specific places.
Her recent works on paper are collaged abstracted landscapes. Allison paints acrylic on both
sides of a piece of watercolor paper and allows it dry directly on her studio floor. As the paper
dries, dirt, grit and grime from the floor attach to the painting, creating variable textures. The
paper is then cut down into pieces for the collage works. The forms within these works
undulate and flow, creating movement in the images that loosely resemble various mountain
topography. The works are created from Allison's memory of local physical terrain.

In her sewn pictorials, Allison places a printed image on fabric and repetitively sews through
the paper, forcing it into the cloth fibers while simultaneously destroying the paper. Parts of
the image are recreated with thread on the opposite side of the material. The effect is twofold:
on one side, the landscape is clearly articulated; on the other, the paper image is
obliterated, leaving loose threads and uneven textures. The image is simultaneously
destroyed and built up; it is recognized as a snapshot of a specific location and at the same
time it becomes fragmented and abstracted.

An artist lecture will be held on Wed., Dec. 4 at 1p.m. in the Campus Center Conference

For more information, please contact Erika Lizée at Visit

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