Sophie was born in 2000, a time where our modern tech scene was beginning to blossom. In the mornings she would check on her webkinz status and in the evenings I would make sure my nintendogs were fed. Shophie loved watching TV, as she would quickly become absorbed by twisting plots and surprise endings. Growing up in an era where access to technology was expanding quickly, Sophie became accustomed to life moving fast-constantly updating. The nature of this ever-changing media frenzy is a part of who she am.
As Sophie grew older and entered her teenage years, she utilized technology for communication. Communication was quick for her. A snapchat sent, an iMessage received, a Facetime call accepted. As she began to form relationships, she realized that technology was a critical aspect of every bond she had formed. From her first crush to her college acceptance, the light of screens has illuminated her journey throughout life.
All that screen time does not come without consequence, as Sophie chose to become conscious of the negative aspects this technological boom has brought into her life. To her, constant access to information and communication meant constantly being present for everybody and anybody. It would allow a sense of peace in the sense that she was never truly alone, but also exposed her to a sense of loneliness every time the front facing camera on her iPhone accidentally switched on to reveal her somber face.
"Technology is phenomenal, and it’s also a great distraction- but sometimes we shouldn’t be so distracted because it can pull us away from developing into our most true and authentic selves." - Sophie says. "My art work allows me to flip the switch on that front facing camera, and showcase my best thoughts on a screen that can carry the depth of my emotions. The influence of nostalgia in my art is prominent, but so is the modern neon media carnival that we flash through daily on our feeds."