Sofía Jack
France, 1969
Since the early nineties, and after receiving her fine art degree from the Complutense University of Madrid, Sofía Jack has worked in a variety of media, including photography, three-dimensional forms (objects, sculptures, models) and—most importantly—drawing and digital animation. The latter two media have played the most significant role in the discourse she has developed, which invites the spectator to enter fragmented narratives that seem disconcerting at first. In her work, prison, the boxing ring, the gym or the home transform into metaphorical spaces through which she examines complex psychological questions and explores our habits and behaviours. In recent years, she has produced small-format works on paper in which she recreates mundane spaces in pencil or ink that refer to the private sphere; the home and its spaces are rendered precisely with an aseptic or distant attitude. As reference, she used photographs taken during the first half of the 20th century showing rationalist architecture, interiors and furniture, which represented the quintessence of modernity, style and comfort to a new and, for the very first time, broad middle class. Through these domestic spaces that once epitomised modern rationality, Jack explores its opposite, as well as how our humanity, desires, fears, feelings and emotions undermine an idea of reason and order that takes on utopian qualities. It is no coincidence that one of her most recent exhibitions bore the title Todo lo sólido se desvanece en el aire [All That is Solid Melts into Air], a reference to a text by Marshall Berman published in 1982. On the basis of a Marxist perspective, the New York author analyses the experience of modernity through its inherent cracks as an “erudite myth” that harbours irrationality within its very aspiration to rationality. After completing her degree, Sofía Jack continued training under artists like Gerhard Richter, Voto Acconci and Katherina Sieverding. She has received several scholarships from entities like the Fundación Barrié (HdK, Berlin), Unión Fenosa or the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma as well as prizes from the Colegio de Ingenieros de Madrid or the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Italy.
Alicia Murría