We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Wong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Art has always been a part of me or in my life in some way. I feel that we all have a calling of what we are to do in the world and following my path as an artist is what I believe has been mine. It’s not the traditional or easiest career, but I think it is important to no matter what, courageously show up for yourself and listen to your truth. Art has been my greatest teacher and partner in my journey to do so. I have immense gratitude that through art, I am able to connect with others and have a voice to express what is meaningful to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In my work, I primarily use paintings and mixed media to analyze the different complexities of the human experience. Humanity, culture, and the journey of finding oneself are themes I often express. I explore my own personal connection with the natural world to unravel my own truth and curiosity of indigenous culture and the human condition. My goal is for the viewer to feel a connection with their own roots or any other culture regardless of differences. I am grateful for where my path has taken me, and most excited for where it will go. All of the sleepless nights and days covered in paint are beginning to pay off. I still feel as though I am at the very beginning of whats to come, but I’m happy for that. I still have late nights and a very messy, overused planner, but I have started to understand the work/rest balance and try to give back to myself when I should. Where I am today largely results from having a persistent inner voice. I stay connected with myself and am always looking for ways to push my work in whatever way I can. Sometimes that’s outside of my studio as well. I began teaching young artists and helping them to strengthen their portfolios and reach their goals by preparing for auditions in art schools. Nothing is easy, but it’s something I feel called to do, so like with any challenge, I stay connected to myself and push through. Through my work, I’ve learned of the importance of listening to yourself and doing what you believe you are divinely directed to do. Sometimes it’s necessary to detach yourself from the outcomes to get it out there. I’d like my work overall to move people and for others to see how connected we all are. How we move through the world impacts one another. In awareness to that, we must stay true to ourselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Best place to stop in for some art, drinks, and different forms of talent would be Muce Campus in Little Haiti. I can count on them for a fun day or night, no matter the event. I personally enjoy outdoor adventures, and in Miami there are lots of opportunities for that. There are plenty of hidden trails in the everglades I find inspiration on such as the Flamingo trail, Coastal Prairie Trail, or a beautiful bike ride through Shark Valley never disappoints. Anywhere in Miami you’ll find great kayaking spots as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Before anyone else, I would have to credit my most meaningful support to my family. From my parents putting on an art show to sell my work out of their living room before I went off to college, attending all my shows when they can and keeping me motivated when I have my low moments, to my sister who gave me critiques late at night and gives me advice and support whenever I make a big decision, and all the others that give me words of encouragement and took on art lessons for their kids that helped kick off my private art lessons business. Another team I’m so thankful for, especially in these times has been Muce (Miami Urban Contemporary Experience). This year has been a strange one, but thanks to their unwavering ability to pull together amazing shows, no matter the obstacle, I’ve been able to continue to show my work and push myself even more this year.
Celia D. Luna