Step into the inner reality of Ilona Sochynsky, a perfect amalgamation of animate and inanimate worlds through which one can trace a very personal and distinctive vision of creative continuity.
At the peak of a creative career in art and design of over 40 years, it has been said that this of level of technical virtuosity and evocative imagery would be impossible without sound academic discipline and training. Indeed, Sochynsky’s journey began at an early age with art classes at Brooklyn Museum, maturing through studies at the National Academy of Design, followed by a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an MFA from Yale University.
Reflection inevitably incorporates intense scrutiny and introspection. Sochynsky attempts to analyze the ebb and flow of the creative process, evaluating her creative output in order to explore new directions using new materials.
Over the years, her work has progressed from hyper-realism to abstraction. Early paintings depicted recognizable single images with shiny, industrial surfaces. Soon she began to combine several images onto one surface in a kind of collage. This process continued with unraveling and reconstructing until she found herself working with fragments – human or otherwise – creating narrative compositions whose origins were based on collage. In these works abstraction and representation go hand in hand.
Sochynsky is currently engaged in studying the singular aspect of what is left over after deconstruction. Can some sense be made of a fragment? Can it permutate into something that has more meaning to the artist? To the viewer? Her solutions seek to entangle the viewer, encouraging a sensitivity that is personal to the imagery which emerges.