Open Studios Sunday October 26th

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If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Toffia — about 60km NE of Rome,  Italy, you can stop by this Sunday October 26th here at 33 Officina Creative, piazza laurentama 3, from 12 noon until 5 pm for the artists in residence open studios. Yes, if you caught the sarcasm you’re right on, as I. Writing this a little feciciously  ( sp?) As most of my current network of internet friends are in North America. That said, just thought I’d give you a heads up!

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Sonja Hinrichsen

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Introducing October 2014 Toffia, Italy artist in residence Sonja Hinrichsen. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany now living Oakland, California. With an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, she focuses on; video installation – explorations of places & their historical & social context; and effemeral environmental performative event pieces. See her work at http://www.son machine I charm.com

Paintings in process

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Paintings in process during the artist residency. The studio is a small room adjacent to the working theater in a 16th century renovated church. You can see I’ve been working on the floor, kneeling on the blue thermamatt to work. These 6 paintings, Still in process here in the photo, are inspired by the day I spent in Rome before making my way up north. I took pictures & sketches both here & in Rome of marks, patterns & structures of the buildings and am slowly incorporating these into the many layers of these works. The layers of paint added and then taken away represent the old structures, cities & history that over time have been destroyed and rebuild again and again.

View from the kitchen patio

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There is a tiny little patio right outside the kitchen of the artist residency. This is my favorite spot to sit. There is a beautiful view to the left of the town of Toffia. In the distance you can see the groves of olive trees and the mountains. Right behind me, notice the herb garden that we’ve been using when we cook here!