"Les Blancs VII" by Sophie Mangelsen, Acrylic on Canvas
32 x 35
Acrylic on Canvas
Mind ? Psyche ? Consciousness ?
As an artist and psychologist, Sophie Mangelsen depicts the poles of human existence. She expresses the duality of the mind, the psyche, internal landscapes determined by harmony and dysharmony, balance and imbalance.
Inspired by that duality her works reflect in a contemporary informal art style an impulsive yet tranquil sense of being.
Born in 1991 in Berlin, she studied Psychology at Université Paris VIII and at Universität Leipzig. Inspired by her professional experience as a psychologist and ongoing training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and art therapist, her work reflects conscious as well as unconscious paths of mind.
The values of painting led her to experimenting with various techniques and material and evolving throughout her artistic career. Dedicated to the exploration and the freedom of the abstract form, she employs bold forms of colour and process to create. Her current works are all acrylics on canvas in bigger formats.
She participated in various exhibitions (Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Slowenia, Bulgaria), won some international prizes (e.g. European Competition) as well as had her first solo exhibition in Paris 2018.
She lives and works in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg with side-trips up to the Baltic Sea.
"I dismantle my perception, reduce it to the essential and reassemble the fragments. Harmony and disharmony, balance and imbalance - alternating baths of alert minds. In complementary nuances of white, the tensions between light and dark are characteristic, as are structures suggesting my return to clear forms and elements. My interest focuses on the search which lies beyond our journey to material. Like internal landscapes, my picture depicts emotions at a certain point in time and highlights their contrasts. Art is the highest form of hope."