Artist Statement

I am a 24 year old artist living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have a BA in studio art, and I currently work out of my home in Grand Rapids. My main body of work consists of handmade books and digital illustrations.

Being in dialogue with the community around me through art shows, art markets, and interactive projects is an important aspect of my work. I believe in the need for art to be representative of and accessible to everyone, and strive to make that a reality in the world around me. Included in this mission is my work creating books that engage the senses and my interactive Equity projects.

 

I find enjoyment in the hands-on nature of bookbinding, and the freedom to explore different mediums, binding techniques, purposes, etc., that can be used, and constantly toying with our understanding of what a book is. In balance with the labor-intensive bookmaking process, I enjoy the non-commital creative freedom that comes with the use of a digital platform when creating illustrations. This medium allows me to experiment with textures and colors, manipulate images, develop and discover new ways of creating. I have illustrated and published two books so far, and others are in the works.

 

I believe that one's creativity is never confined to one skill or medium. I have worked in ceramics, life drawing, painting, and mixed media, and constantly incorporate that experience into my work with books.

 

Sofia De Jong