theStudio Artist of the Week…

Sonja Hinrichsen, Installation Artist, San Francisco

We love new genre artist Sonja Hinrichsen, particularly her amazing massive piece of snow-art (with the help of 5 volunteers) at Rabbit Ears Pass in Colorado, on a clear winter day. Sonja’s beautiful landscape interventions are created by strapping on snowshoes and walk in careful continuous spiraling lines across pristine snow.

“Most of my artwork addresses the environment in some way,” says Hinrichsen. What’s interesting here is how that approach plays out in the creation process. By working in the environment, Hinrichsen subjects herself to the environment. Using a substance as ephemeral as snow poses several challenges. For one thing, the work is very temporary—winds and snowfall can erase it within hours or days. “This requires instant photo documentation,” says Hinrichsen. For another, there is the problem of getting pristine snow to work with in the first place.

Check out the snow-stomping process in the video by filmographer Cedar Beauregard.


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