*Sofia Enriquez at The Coachella Valley Art Scene, photo by Jorge Perezchica
Does the name, Sofia Enriquez, ring a bell? She had a duo art show here at the Coachella Valley Art Scene with Jenn Stern during the summer titled, “Swap.Some.Spit.” Sofia was the fabric artist who single-handedly painted the large mural across our entire gallery wall within 3 days. If you missed the show, her paintings are currently for sale in our online store.
As you can see from her work, Sofia is a bad ass chick and one of the most inspiring people to come through our doors this past year. She recently graduated from Otis in Los Angeles and moved back home to fulfill her dream of working as an artist.
If you are looking to try something different, with someone who is different, then take a Narrative Fabric class with Sofia Enriquez.
A Fabric Painting Class – Narrative Fabrics with Sofia Enriquez
We are happy to announce a new course at CVAC with Sofia Enriquez. Narrative Fabrics: A Fabric Painting Class, will explore composition and other art techniques with fabric as the medium; this makes for a unique class that blends the worlds of craft and art.
Instructor: Sofia Enriquez
Classes take place Thursdays, 6:00PM – 8:00 PM. Call for more details and to reserve your spot today 760-799-4364.
Cost: A suggested donation of $10
It’s recommended that you bring your own supplies such as fabric, brushes, paint, palettes, water containers, and a needle and thread. Some small fabric samples will be available but it’s suggested that you bring your own materials.
Cathedral City, Calif. —
The Illustrated World of Sofia Enriquez
Text and Photography by Jorge Perezchica
Artist/illustrator Sofia Enriquez (22) was born in Indio, California, and raised in the Coachella Valley. Sofia recently graduated from Otis Parsons in May 2014 and returned to the valley after struggling to find work in Los Angeles. Since then, her art career has taken a sharp turn for the better—displaying work at the Coachella Valley Art Scene and the Marks Art Center at the College of the Desert. But the journey has not been an easy one.
I was first drawn towards Sofia’s art when I attended the opening reception for a show titled “Swap. Some. Spit.” at the Coachella Valley Art Scene gallery this past summer. Sofia’s expressive mural covered 60 ft of the gallery space wall, which was illustrated in black and white paint—teeming with paisley motifs, tear drops, porcelain-doll faces, squiggly lines, a skull-faced cupid, peculiar words and numbers and more. It was as if a daydream had been painted onto the walls and I felt my mind swirling away and falling into this world— this curious narrative Sofia Enriquez had created. I sensed both feminine and masculine sensibilities intertwined in her work and grew even more curious the closer I scanned the wall from one end to the other.
About 2 months after the show, I sat down to chat with Sofia Enriquez in Cathedral City, where she tells me that in high school she did not excel in much except art—all the while, I found that hard to believe—because in person, Sofia leaves an indelible impression as someone smart, independent, beautiful and talented—and capable of so much more.
The Coachella Magazine Interview:
Has anything changed in the Coachella Valley since graduating from college and returning?
Sofia Enriquez: It’s exactly the same.
What do you feel is needed in the Coachella Valley?
SE: As far as art goes, I don’t feel there is enough art programs. Just because we’re a desert people think it’s empty—but it’s not.
The mural at the Coachella Valley Art Scene gallery—how many days did it take to paint?
SE: I spent three days working on the mural. Two walls. First day, I did the small wall. I spent 6 hours just thinking about it—I had no idea what I was going to do. I brought my favorite books: Communication Arts magazines, 19th Century Fashion book, Paisley Design book and Google searched images—I really like old photographs. I looked back at a lot of old stuff I already did. It just came out randomly.
Is there any hidden messages or meaning?
SE: There’s a lot of hidden shit in there.
I notice a lot of paisley design in your work—what about the paisley motif inspires you?
SE: It appeals to a lot of cultures: Indian, Mexican and American.
Do you know where the paisley motif originated?
SE: I read in a book that the shape originated when cavemen started tracing the shape of their hand on the wall…
Read the rest of her interview by CLICKING HERE