Artist: Sonia Alins
Title: Japanese Swimmers
Size: 93h x 78w x 4d cm (36.6h x 30.7w x 1.6d in)
Media: Mixed Media (Acrylic paint, black ink, watercolour, cardboard, polypropylene) on wooden box.
Markings: Signed and dated by the artist
Frame: This work is offered framed feat. museum glass (artglass AR 70: reflection <1% and UV-protection >70%)
'Japanese Swimmers' displays a hedonistic and sensual evocation of womanhood through a pleasant bathing scene. This ode to femininity is structured as a choreographic composition, like a dance, reflecting my interest in this artistic discipline and Barbara Morgan’s photographs. Everything in the artwork flows rhythmically around the main character, with a layout that takes Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” as a reference. In “Japanese Swimmers”, we can see the underlying influence of the representation of women during Romanticism and, more directly, from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ artworks, like “The Turkish Bath” or his “Grande Odalisque”. In the same way, Francesca Woodman’s photos are always a very inspiring reference to express female identity, its erotism and its sensuality.
Finally, the reference to Japan in the artwork is due to the importance of the ritual bath in this culture.
As for its execution, "Japanese Swimmers" explores collage with a sensitive delicacy that goes beyond the two dimensions, experimenting with layers of transparency and materials, such as paper and plastic, to achieve an ethereal and expressive three-dimensional atmosphere through subtle blurs.
Sonia Alins an artist focused on the creation of pieces of art (often three-dimensional) with a poetic narrative of a surreal nature with which she addresses her feelings, desires, dreams and nightmares. Sonia makes extensive use of the human figure (mostly feminine) and, at the same time, she explores the expressiveness of elements such as transparency and blur.
Sonia’s artworks act as a kind of personal diary in which she exposes her mood or her reactions to what is happening around her and how it affects her, sometimes positively, other negatively.
Sonia obtained a Bachelor in Fine Arts, followed by a post-graduate from the University of Salamanca and later graduated with an illustration specialism from the University of Barcelona.
For nearly two decades, Sonia has had a very successful career as a professional illustrator alongside which she created works following her own interests and passion. She has received many international illustration awards including, the 2019 Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Illustration Annual 60, CA, California/USA, the 2019 Gold Award (Design Lotus. Illustration category) and Silver Award (Print Craft Lotus. Best use of illustration category), ADFEST 2019, Bangkok/Thailand, as well as the 2018 Gold Award, Global illustration Award 2018, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt/Germany.
Please note the visual simulations of the artwork in a domestic setting included in the photo gallery are provided purely as a visual reference and may not be to scale. If you have a specific space in mind for the artwork, you can email us with the details and we can create a mock up of your space with this specific artwork to scale for you