“I’m afraid I can’t explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see?”
“Was I the same when I got up this morning?” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Is this a dream or is this a memory? The initial wish to forget eventually becomes a wish to remember. I need to recapture my own past in order to acquire a solid sense of self. In order to interpret the present, everyone needs the background story. But it so happens, that I keep losing pieces and the story doesn’t make sense.
When painting I am free to reinvent my story. Art gives me the chance to explore, understand and reclaim my reality. Digging through the chaotic subconscious, images begin to emerge and take form and pieces finally start to come together. The story now can keep on going and that’s enough to keep me coming back to the studio day after day.
Sofia Rozaki is a visual artist living and working in Athens, Greece. She was born in Athens in 1990. After a few years of attending the School of Visual and Applied Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she finally came to terms with the fact that everyday academic life was much more social anxiety than she could handle, thus adding to the long list of not acknowledged yet promising college dropouts.
Through her bizarre art she explores the darkest side of existence, flirting constantly with notions such as loss, trauma, memory and sexuality. Her nightmare-like sceneries, reflection of a never-ending subconscious roar, along with her interesting sense of composition, give her paintings a story-telling quality. In her work, the line between fiction and reality fades out, leaving the viewer with an uncanny sense of angst, resembling waking up from a really vivid dream, trying to figure out what actually happened.
Sofia has always been interested in spreading her art in various forms and media. Over the past few years, she has illustrated two publications, designed a book cover as well as a short film poster and did the artwork for a cd music album. She held her first solo exhibition in October 2016, at Santorini.
Sofia is also a musician, plays several musical instruments and performed live in Thessaloniki for four years.
Since 2013, alongside Sofia Rozaki comes Spil Tsoik. You may see it as a signature in some of her artworks or encounter it as her internet presence. An idea that came to life, a creature as imaginary and as real as our mind allows it to be. Sofia and Spil co-exist in life and in art breaking the barriers of reality and questioning the concept of self.