Sophia Collier crystallizes Water
Sophia Collier is an American artist who reproduces the surface of the water in her artwork.
As if struck by a vision she began her artist research: “One day I was walking across a bridge and thought I wish I could just reach down into the water and pick up a piece of that shining surface and keep it forever.”
For her water is both ancient and instant and can absorb anything and contains everything.
Through the use of animation and 3D modeling, Collier models digitally the water surface, inserting randomly a source of wind that determines the movement of the waves.
Other times, the artist collects sounds with a microphone and extracts them using a software. The sound information acquire a solid shape forming the size of the waves with its rhythmical patterns. Sounds are essential in her work because they are as elusive as the waves, but are also as vital as water.
After the 3D elaboration, the work is carved from an acrylic block using the CNC router in the personal studio of the artist and finally polished to give it the effect of liquid water.
Her most important work is GRAND, which is the portrait of the Grand River after midnight, exhibited in 2013 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) in Grand Rapids, MI, USA. Collier first collected the sounds of the river and of the life in the surrounding area and then used them to determine the patterns of the waves. The work was created by carving dark acrylic blocks and were shown in three parts on decreasing height pedestals to represent the course of the river. GRAND reproduces a sense of mystery that suggests the flow of the river against the immensity of the night sky.