Artwork by Sonja Hinrichsen

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My artworks are art/research projects in which I examine urban, industrial and natural environments. I am interested in the intersection between place (city/industrial areas or rural/natural environments) and human perception and utilization thereof, throughout history. My work methods include photo- and video-mapping, recording sounds, taking notes, interviewing people, as well as traditional research (historical/societal or natural/ecological/geological). I am especially interested in local mythologies handed down through generations, such as the stories told by Native Americans. Typically these stories bear invaluable information about alternative lifestyles in/with these environments. Although my projects often have a documentary-like character, they draw from a very personal focus as they base on my experiences and perceptions of places. I find that my awareness is particularly strong in places yet unfamiliar to me.


With the summary of the audio-visual materials and information collected I create media installations with multiple video projections, sound collages and narrative (spoken word or text within the projections). It is important to me to give my audience an opportunity to immerse themselves in a surround installation experience. While using beautiful, seductive imagery, it is important to me that my work reaches beyond the mere beauty of art, and also stimulates reflection. As an artist I feel the responsibility to direct attention to subject matters our society neglects or denies, including adverse impacts to the natural environment, social inequality and injustice, and human exploitation.


Lately my works have often included interventions or rituals that I perform in the environment. These are documented photographically and on video, which then becomes integrated in media installations. The traces left in the environment are non-permanent and any evidence will be erased by nature. While I like to unfold my work in large immersive experiences using digital media, I am not interested in creating lasting art pieces, as I believe that our world is over-saturated with man-made products. However, as an environmentalist I hope that I can inspire appreciation and awe for our natural world.


6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Bennett Owen said, on February 1, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Hello Sonja,
    We loved your “Snow Drawings” and posted them on our site at We are hoping this is okay with you, but if not we’ll remove them. We linked to your site and already have a nice comment.
    Thanks so much,

  2. […] BY 2.0The work is meant to be temporary, reflecting her own feelings about material culture. As she says “I’m not so into making art that lasts. The world is saturated with man-made projects. I […]

  3. […] pensé que se trataba de unos cuidados bordados sobre una tela. Con la misma delicadeza, la artista Sonja Hinrichsen ha realizado estas intervenciones en un paisaje nevado, tomado como una especie de lienzo en blanco […]

  4. Snow Patterns « Fossil Blog said, on January 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    […] Even though we have spring on the brain, it’s still winter for a little longer right? The latest environmental work by Sonia Hinrichsen got us feeling a little nostalgic for wintertime. These spiraling patterns are beautiful all on their own, and imagine the actual scale! Read more about this unique project and the artist behind the idea here. […]

  5. Jizell Albright said, on November 16, 2013 at 2:25 am

    I saw your Snow patterns photo at the current Piedmont Center exhibit, which I am thinking about often BTW. I believe the pattern is made by the shadow in the depression made by the snowshoes–but is it? If not, then how, please.
    Thank you. Jizell Albright

    • Sonja Hinrichsen said, on November 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Glad you like the snow drawings. Your assumption about the imprints and the shade/light is correct. Sonja

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: