following a narrow trail up through the bush behind the house, i arrive at a large field grown in with grass and low bushes, bordered by trees. pine and birch trees, mostly: the smell of the needles on the ground. it is my mother’s mother who tended a garden here, carrying the water. this asparagus was planted years before she ever arrived. i cut down the overgrown rhubarb and i cook jam, standing over the stove — steaming and sweating. in the underbrush there are small wild strawberries — a seemingly endless supply — though by now i understand that nothing is endless —
sophia bartholomew (they/them) is a non-binary person and interdisciplinary artist. they use text and textiles, objects and photographs, performance and video to explore inter-subjectivity, reciprocity, physical fragility and decay. they are descended from norwegian immigrants on treaty 3 territory, and english and irish settlers in toronto. since graduating with their BFA from UBC in 2012, their practice has been guided by open-ended conversation and collaborative work with other artists.
email / bartholomew . sophia @ gmail . com
instagram / @bartholomew.sophia