Sophie Roessler is an interdisciplinary artist whose current work focuses on western cultural construction of feminine identity. She earned her BFA with a concentration in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Sophie identifies as an intersectional feminist who suffers from chronic illness. Her work captures sexuality in teenage girls, during the uncertain fissure between childhood and maturity, and addresses the challenges they face when shifting from girl to woman. Drawing from her personal experience with mental illness, the work focuses on the attempts of teenage girls to fit our pop culture’s representation of their sexuality and how this often results in a suspension of their sense of self. The efforts to fulfill these representations can lead to feelings of guilt and obsession, which can cause internalized suffering that arises from the inability to meet societal expectations. Sophie uses survival tactics girls have created to face this alienating reality, such as transforming their bedrooms into sanctuaries and escaping through drawing in the margins of their diaries.
Sophie was a recipient of the Ox-Bow School of Art fellowship in Saugatuck, Michigan. She has worked with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in the European Prints Curatorial Department, as well as the faux public access television show Whoop Dee Doo.
Sophie Rossler, Am I Pretty/Am I Ugly?, (video)