Born in Kingston, PA in 1998, Sophia Krupsha currently lives and maintains a studio in State College, Pennsylvania. She is studying for her BA in Drawing & Painting from the Pennsylvania State University at University Park and is due to graduate in the spring of 2021. Though it is mainly site-specific to her hometown, her work has been represented nationally in gallery exhibitions on both sides of the United States from Portland, OR to New York, NY and internationally in Belfast, Ireland.
Having been born in an area mined hollow by coal companies, I was raised to appreciate and develop an understanding of local history as it pertains to my family's traditions and values. Because of this, my curiosities lie in the artificiality of the industrial landscape left behind by coal manufacturing, the loss of the cultural identity of a once-proud people, and the disconnect between the older generation and the ever-growing younger population destined to replace them.
In my studio practice, I primarily use painting to come to terms with the grief of my own lost heritage and the passage of time. Artistically, I look towards contemporary artists such as Nicholas Galanin and Edward Kienholz for inspiration behind both creative uses of medium and motivating ideological factors.
As an artist, I hope my work can accomplish bringing the past into a present dialogue so that one day the future can be brighter, not only for the environment but also for a more sustained cultural heritage.