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Artist Statement

I am fascinated with how light can be both visible and invisible at the same time. Light is always present, yet not always seen. My works play with this internal contradiction in the nature of light. The result is a fusing of the materiality of the art object with the immateriality of light, creating a multivalent visual experience that subtly changes as the viewer moves.

I am drawn to non-objective abstraction because it tends to strip away the layers of meaning in which our everyday lives are embedded. Non-objective images emphasize a space that exists before labeling, before thinking. Unobstructed by familiar icons, a bodily felt dialogue between the viewer and the work of art then might arise more easily.

The Emergence Series are ‘essentialized drawings.’ Marks are incised into the surface of thick watercolor paper. When lit from above, the incisions create a play of light and shadow on the newly three-dimensional surface. The pieces are intimate, requiring the viewer to come close to see the interplay between light and form emerge from the empty plane of the white paper. The all-over patterns encourage the eye to alternate from the whole to the particular and back again.

Artist Bio

Education

2006-09 MFA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

2001 Lacoste Ecole des Arts, Lacoste, France

1996-00 BA in Philosophy, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Artist Residency

2002 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2014 Emergence, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012 Translucence, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2012 Forming Light VI Installation and New Boxes, Winterowd Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011 Light and Line, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 Light and Line, Vertical Arts Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

2010 Light Works, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2008 Small Works, Shumei International Institute, Crestone, CO

2008 Small Paintings, Tortuga’s, Longmont, CO

2008 Implexities II, Bovine Theater Gallery, Denver, CO

2007 Forming Light II Installation, Morgan Library, CSU, Fort Collins, CO

2007 Forming Light Installation, Mini Gallery, CSU, Fort Collins, CO

2007 Implexities, Saxy’s, Boulder, CO

2007 New Paintings, Music Gallery, CSU, Fort Collins, CO

2006 Side by Side, St. Luke’s Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

Group

2014 10-Year Anniversary Exhibit, Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2014 Grand Opening Exhibit, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2014 Unbound – Five Installations, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

2014 Brave New World, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2014 Willard Dixon & Sophia Dixon Dillo – Stillness & Activity, a Father & Daughter Show, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

2013 Lines & Grids: Works on Paper, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013 The Story of the Creative, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY

2013 30 Squared, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013 2nd Annual Love + Light, A Contemporary Art and Light Exhibition, Loveland Feed & Grain, Loveland, CO

2012 Full Spectrum, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2012 Retrospective – 11 Year Anniversary, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2012 Art Without Illusion, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO

2011 1:1, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 Art of the Real, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 (MA)chi(N)e(MADE): Organic Precision, Vertigo Art Space, Denver, CO

2010 Friends and Family – an exhibition of Ice Cube artists and their acquaintances, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2010 Begin Within – Three Person Exhibit, Old Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO

2010 Ice Cube Group Exhibit, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2010 ASC Community Partnerships, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO

2009 Master of Fine Arts Exhibit, Curfman Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

2009 Art and Science, Curfman Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

2009 WOW Show, The Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

2008 Art and Science, Curfman Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

2008 Art in the Attic, Lapis Gallery, Denver, CO

2007 Nextmas Show, Next Gallery, Denver, CO

2007 Emerging Artists Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO

2007 Open Studio Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO

2007 Master of Fine Arts Show, Curfman Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

2005 Student Invitational, University of Xochimilco, Mexico

2005 The Drawing Show, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

2004 East of the Moon – Five Worlds, Lincoln Gallery, Boulder, CO

Awards

2010 5th in Popular Vote, Curate This! 2010 BECA Foundation

2006-08 Liberal Arts Scholarship, Margery Monfort Wilson Scholarship, Women’s Association Scholarship, & Graduate Grant, Colorado State University

2002 Printmaking Residency Grant, Vermont Studio Center

2001 Scholarship, Lacoste School of the Arts

Publications

2014 Huffington Post, “Richard Bruland and Sophia Dixon Dillo: Art Review,” by Bibliography Peter Clothier

2012 Journal North, “a trio of Tasty Dishes,” by Kate Mcgraw

2011 Denver Westword, “Shine a Light,” by Michael Paglia

2011 Denver Westword Blog, “Light, plane, and 25 miles of fishing line with artist Sophia Dixon Dillo,” by Jef Otte

2011 Steamboat Pilot, “Contemporary light artist shows installation in Steamboat,” by Nicole Inglis

2010 Curate This! New Work, Publication selected by Helen Pheby,PhD., Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK

2010 Curate This! 2010 International Public Vote, The BECA Foundation Publication

2010 Denver Westword, “Two new solo offerings at Ice Cube Gallery show member’s talent,” by Michael Paglia

2010 The Crestone Eagle, “Sophia Dixon Dillo: Art that Emerges from Spaciousness and Quiet,” by Gussie Fauntleroy

2010 Longmont Times-Call, Review by Quentin Young

2008 Shumei International Institute, Webnews

2008 The Crestone Eagle, Article

2007 Morgan Library News, Colorado State University Website

2007 The Coloradoan, Two Articles

2004 XEN Dharma und Sangha News, German Magazine, Featured Artist

2001 Lacoste Vernissage, Catalogue Cover Featured Artist