The Coachella Valley Art Scene is proud to announce a new art show featuring the works of Sofia Enriquez and Jenn Stern.  Happening on Saturday, July 19th from 7pm-10pm at The Coachella Valley Art Scene Gallery 68571 East Palm Canyon Dr. Cathedral City, CA 92234.

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Facebook Event Invite to the Show

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jenn stern and sofia enriquez art show flyer at the coachella valley art scene

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“I was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. My work is influenced by Mexican-American culture in Southern California and 1960s American fashion and textiles.

I focus on illustrating my own patterned designs that can be integrated into compositions that reference themes of street culture and promiscuity. All of the materials that I paint on are either found or have been donated to me. Recycled materials give my art a starting point for the story. It’s a useful technique in my process for the piece to transform from having one purpose in the beginning of production to becoming my own piece of decorative art. I illustrate my immediate surroundings so that my typography reflects contemporary culture and music. I draw decorative art for interior decor purposes. The patterned designs that I use are typically paisley adornments in clothing, but by painting them they enhance and express the emotional aesthetics of sex and fashion.”

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art by sofia enriquez for the coachella valley art scene


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Sofia Enriquez Interview

by Jake Williams  of The Coachella Valley Art Scene

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Hi Sofia! Tell us about who you are, where you are from, and how you got into art.

Hi! I’m Sofia Stephany Enriquez. I was born in the Coachella Valley, and  raised in Cathedral City. I actually got into art when I was in the awkward stage of trying to figure out who I was. I’ve always loved drawing for fun, but I really got into painting when I was 13. I got into it because I was really bummed out all the time as a teen and I didn’t know how to talk to people about it, so to get rid of all that stress and tension I started painting and sewing. Being that young and experimenting with art pretty much made me fall in love with creating.

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Your background is in graphic design and illustration, yet you tend to work across a wide variety of media: from buttons, to textiles, to drawing and painting. Do you enjoy the variety in your choices of media? Are there unifying elements that you include across all of your art?

Ooo I like this question. Yes! I definitely enjoy mixing it up. I feel like if I just focus on one and only one specific medium, I get bored and then I’ll hate it. So for me to not hate the act of making art over and over, I change the materials, the physical motions of the process, and the art’s purpose. It’s fun just knowing how to do a bunch of random stuff like printing, designing, embroidering, and sketching. That means I’ll never be bored when I’m all old and retired.What unifies these mediums I work in is the content. I’m really upfront and insensitive about what I say in my art, if I want to say “fuck” in real life, I’ll paint it so the feeling lasts longer.

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When we initially met, you expressed that sewing has been a big part of your life. Has it taught you any kind of universal life lessons? Perhaps ones that you apply to your art?

Sewing is just one of those things that I wanted to learn because growing up I never really had clothes that fit me perfectly unless I altered them because I’m like 5’1” and my shape is always shifting.  So I picked up sewing to fit into the clothes I liked, which was usually my older sister’s clothes.

It taught me that if I really wanted something a certain way, I had to do it myself, but I just have to learn all the steps to get there first.

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Sofia Enrique for George Duchanness

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Like Jenn Stern, the other artist featured in the upcoming exhibition, your work is voyeuristic, confrontational, and sexualized. Can you tell us about your subject matter, and why your subjects interest you?

I feel like sex is the easiest subject people can understand, but at the same time it’s got all these vividly obscure emotions to go with it; Hate, Love, Fear, Happiness, and Anger. Sex is so simple, that it’s complicated. It’s forever and it’s never. Sex interests me because there are no right answers to it, it just happens.

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Describe to us your creative process. What goes through Sofia Enriquez’s mind when she’s making artwork? What influences your artistic choices?’

My main influence for my color choice and display of patterns is really the emotions I felt at that time and space. I know that’s kinda vague, but its true. Whatever music I’m listening to or whatever song is stuck in my head while I’m making something, I’ll put down the words that stick out to me the most. It’s weird, it’s almost like making a huge diary. Another influence is just people watching, it’s like my second favorite thing to do. People are funny.

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You’re a Coachella Valley native who relocated to Los Angeles for art school. Since you’re back home, can you describe to us your creative relationship with the desert? What are some of the things here that inspire you?

Driving on freeway is a huge part of my life.  Sad, right?  But, for some reason, being inside of my car and moving like 85 mph is when most of my ideas for paintings spark. Going to the “Art Wonderland” that is LA, then coming back to the desert, I see what the desert is missing and I imagine how much further we artists can push this community to where it should be. I mean come on, there’s so much room out here for activities! I just wish I had a team of people that would be willing to help put more art in Cathedral City, and do something creative with all of these empty lots around here.

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The future is always difficult to predict, but what’s next for you?

What’s next?  Work, baby. Work, work, work, work, work, and more work. I don’t mean that in a negative way. Just making art is a constant process and I want to be really good at it, so how do I get good? I work on making better pictures….and of course looking for a stable job because I still have to eat and pay for stuff. I’m currently working as a Graphic Designer, interning for Hurley, which is totally new to me since I’ve always been more into illustrations and fine art. I feel like my work plays in all three fields.

I really just want to start traveling to stimulate my mind with different environments and cultures outside of American lifestyles, cuz you know life’s too short to stay in the same place all the time. Let’s go!

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Find out more about Sofia at:

www.SofiaEnriquez.com

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art by sofia enriquez for the coachella valley art scene

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