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Sophie Grillet - Art
Sophie is a British artist working in Ann Arbor, Michigan, serving clients mostly in southeast Michigan and the greater Detroit area. Her preferred media are: painting in oils and acrylics; sculpture in stone, metal and clay; pastel, drawings, and photography. Much of her work is abstract, but it is always about something, and often has interesting titles. She likes to experiment with all kinds of media from aluminum to yarn.
Being insatiably curious, Sophie attempts to integrate her interests in art, social justice, science, and math, but the journey has just begun. Her work reflects on the tragedy of our love of natural beauty and our haste to destroy it.
Back when Sophie lived in the UK, she was a cartoonist for books, magazines and national newspapers, such as The Guardian, The Observer and the London Evening Standard. She studied at the Central St Martins School of Art (Foundation year) in London, and graduated from the University of Brighton.
Soon after graduating (with Honors) in Visual Communication, Sophie chose to fill a knowledge gap in Physics and Mathematics, which she then studied with the Open University in the UK. Several of her 3D works and paintings reflect this interest.
Sophie was Artist-in-Residence at Spread Art, 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit in Nov 2016. In three weeks, she created five paintings and a print set of the Detroit River, had a well-attended art exhibition and directed an evening of rap, song and poetry at which the entire, extremely diverse audience movingly sang along to the late Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
When the Velvet Revolution began in Prague in 1989, Sophie traveled there and made drawings which appeared in the pre-publication issue of the Independent on Sunday, and in the Turkish Cumhuriyet newspaper. The drawings are now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Sophie is a Docent at the UoM Museum of Art (UMMA). Volunteering to lead guided tours for kids, students, adults and adults with memory loss through the Meet Me at UMMA program, in which she is a founding member. She loves to research the history behind the art, and find links between apparently disparate works. Finding scientific angles for the Physics Department's summer student group is always a highlight. She has been involved at UMMA with special programs for Autistic kids and for summer math programs for Ypsilanti schools, as well as creating workshops for the family art-making program.
Sophie is the organizer for Westside Art Hop, a twice-yearly local art walk in Ann Arbor, MI. Art Hop is now in its 6th year, and has gone from 12 artists to over 40. She has just started Zone5 Art Show & Sale, in Plymouth Michigan.
From time to time Sophie teaches classes in drawing or abstract painting. Please contact if you would like to be on the mailing list.
Socialism for Beginners (co-author) Writers and Readers (London) 1986
Feminism for Teenagers Piccadilly Press (London) 1997
Thirst Gravity Presses (Dearborn Heights) 2002 (Poetry under pen name Louise Rill). Sophie also writes occasionally online on Medium.com. She has written a short, thoroughly researched novel about characters from different times and places, such as New Amsterdam in 1654, Syria in 2015, and Michigan today, going through similar struggles and experiences.
Isn't Grillet a French name? Yes, her grandfather was French, and having a basic grasp of the language, she pronounces it in the French way: GREE-yeh.
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