Opening: Saturday, June 29th, 4pm - 7pm
The Pauline Kael - Jess Murals House
2419 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA
Please join us this Saturday, June 29 from 4:00 - 7:00pm in celebrating the opening of Bella Sosis's first solo exhibition.
What is important in Bella Sosis’ art is the work itself and the process that is made visible and palpable. Though it may seem like her work is purely concerned with formalist pursuits, this is not the case. Deep down, Bella cares deeply about what she puts out into the world, perhaps too much.
What shows in her work is a process of doubt that leads to perfection. Through her own personal uncertainty, Bella finds clarity. Her work attempts to answer the question of if and when a work is ever done -- does it need layer upon layer, like her oil “skins,” or is a quick pass all that’s needed? To show her confusions and suspicions in her inability to choose is how Bella makes her work, whether it is through an insatiable labor or through a momentary impulse, both actions are full of vitality.
While Bella’s process leads us to believe she is a perfectionist, she heroically seems to know when to stop and exactly how to let the spirit and soul of her representational efforts ebb through, and onto the surface. Bella bravely bares her stream of consciousness to us all.
Bella Sosis (b. 1991, Chicago, IL) was raised by her parents and her extended family from Soviet Ukraine, outside of Chicago. Her early years were spent with her great grandmother and great grandfather, who encouraged her as an artist and hung her work in their apartment.
When she was twelve years old, she was diagnosed with a severe case of Crohn's disease that kept her out of school for week long stays at the hospital. Bella had to drop out of school for her freshman year of high school due to the severity of the illness, which she believes forced and early disillusionment.
Bella would go on to graduate from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a BFA. Though many of her works in the past were figurative, inspired by Richard Diebenkorn and David Park, she has found herself more intrigued by organic and abstract works. Lately, "unfinished works" have been her thrill, with thinner applications, initial strokes still visible, and quickly done, compelled by a momentary impulse.