Sonya Yong James

Sonya Yong James

I eat the stars


April 27, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Artist Statement

This is a story about a color, an obsession and a high fever.

What does it feel like or more curiously look like to feel you might die? What is the color that you might imagine? And how could a sculpture be about a spider?

This work is about the love of the color magenta and a reference to the Greek myth of Arachne. This piece seeks to question what it might look like when you feel you might die and the color that you would imagine.

Bio

Sonya Yong James

Sonya Yong James (b. Knoxville, Tennessee) lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Georgia State University where she focused on etching and sculpture. James has exhibited nationally and internationally for the past twenty years and has been the recipient of several grants, awards, and residencies. She has most recently received the Artadia Award in 2019 and the Idea Capital Antinori grant in 2021.

Her work is held in numerous corporate and private collections including Art in Embassies in Mauritania, Africa. James has been exhibited in galleries and museums locally such as MOCA GA, Atlanta Contemporary, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Albany Museum of Art, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. She was formally a resident at the Studio Artists Program at Atlanta Contemporary and is represented by Whitespace Gallery.

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