We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisha Sofia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alisha, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It was the one thing that came to me naturally from a very young age. I never thought twice about the career path I would take. I have no regrets about it!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am obsessed with natural pigments; sourcing them, preparing them, and applying them to paper. Impermanence is what I hope to communicate with people about my work. I want my paintings to not take up space in this world, make their impression and eventually degrade into the soil, just like natural elements. I think without making work and having inspiration I would not be where I am today professionally. It’s a very difficult career choice, but sooooo rewarding when you see peoples’ reactions. It completes my heart. The lessons I learned most throughout my career (and still am learning) are to never doubt myself! The moment you do, people will sense that and that’s no good. I want more people to be aware of the SAWANA movement that is slowly picking up. These cultures are so under represented it’s disappointing. I think as a western society people should take notice of the beauty and cultural diversity these regions have to offer.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well if we weren’t in lockdown I’d feed them at my house (because I love cooking and prefer it over eating out) or pack a lunch and picnic at Elysian Park, we could go to Bar Bandini or Tabula Rasa because they have the best wine selections, I would take them hiking in Topanga (breathe some fresh air), and then a peaceful walk around Lake Shrine at Self Realization Fellowship in Malibu or the Mount Washington location 🙂 Both are great!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout out to Connie Wong, Mary Margaret, Maryam Gaber, Nicole Dreyfuss, Lauren Johnson, Celia Hay, Aline Derderian, Caroline Partamian, and Nairi Mila!
For the portrait of me… Nairi Mila @nairimila