sophia bartholomew is an interdisciplinary artist, descended from Norwegian immigrants on Treaty 3 territory (rural Northwestern Ontario) and English and Irish settlers in and around so-called Toronto. Working outwards from the ruins and runes of their own cultural inheritance, their practice spans drawing, writing, sculpture- and installation-making, video, collaboration, and small daily negotiations with found materials and household waste. Their work borrows its poetics from rural knowledge systems, including craft patterns and junk piles, folk stories and sagas, improvised adaptations and decisions of necessity. They engage processes of transference and transformation, upholding queer practices of fluidity, adaptability, tenderness, hope, and love.
sophia has presented their work at C4RD in London, nGbK in Berlin, avecez art space in Havana, and at galleries and artist-run centres across Canada. Their writing has been published by C Magazine, Artforum, BlackFlash, Public Parking, Eastern Edge, The Bows, Canadian Art, and Peripheral Review. They received their BFA from UBC in 2012 and their MFA from the University of Guelph in 2022.