Ida Sophia (Born 1989, Mount Gambier) is an Australian contemporary Artist. She lives and works in Adelaide, Australia.
Through her own private, yet collectively shared experience with death, Ida Sophia’s works aim to bring focus to grieving processes. This idea relates to the purpose of Momento Mori [Remember that you shall die], in remembering, one can separate from their dead and reincorporate themselves into life.
“I am looking for qualities in my work that facilitate our need for ritual, contemplation and completion. I want to slow down the dilution of ceremony, or at least resurface its necessity in our present state.”
Her themes oscillate between living and longing and how that directly reflects our experiences throughout mourning. Raised in a Victorian era home decorated with Japanese antiques, Ida Sophia developed her relationship with Eastern and Western ways of life, death and beauty as a young child. This exposure informs the foundational conceptual layers of her work.
In 2019, Ida graduated with a Diploma of Photography from The Centre for Creative Photography and had her first international solo exhibition at Æther Art Space in Sofia, Bulgaria. Concurrently, she exhibited video work at Head On Screens for the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, Australia and showed her ‘Homage’ Suite in the graduate group show ‘Harvest’ at Studio Bowden Adelaide. Ida also completed the Cleaning The House Workshop with the Marina Abramovic Institute in Evia, Greece.
Her first international group show was held in May of 2018 at the World Of Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria. This show displayed her Series 'Separation-Transition-Incorporation', created in the four weeks prior as an artist in residence at World Of Co. In 2018 Ida Sophia was a finalist in the Byron Arts Magazine Prize held at ThomGallery, Byron Bay and contributed to Issue 1: Becoming The Other, Launched in Stuttgart in Nov. 2018 as part of Soft Power Palace at Kunstgebäude Stuttgart. 2017 saw her shortlisted for the Prospect Portrait Prize (Adelaide) and Click17 at the Brunswick Street Gallery (Melbourne).
Ida Sophia has widely travelled and collaborated with Artists across the Globe. 2016 saw her embark on a self propelled expedition to New York. Here she collaborated with Performer Dandy Wellington and photographed New York style icon Tziporah Salamon (Advanced Style) for her book publication The Art of Dressing (Rizzoli Publications). During that time, Sophie completed further study with Magnum Photographer, Alex Webb at Aperture New York.
Ida Sophia is a multimedia artist working in Adelaide. The mediums used in her practise include photography, performance, sound and sculpture.