Sonja Drake is a visual artist based in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland. She completed her MFA at Whitecliffe College of Art in 2021 and BFA at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University.
Her creative practice considers ideas around ecology and she is interested in areas where land meets water, waterways and where water flows above and below the earth's surface. Through the exploration of sites linked to her settler heritage, her projects enquire into how we shape the world, in ways visible and invisible.
Foremost a painter, she works in watercolour and acrylic paint, pencils and graphite powder, added to with paints made with soil and sediment samples from the sites she investigates.
Sonja has had six solo exhibitions, exhibited in many group shows and won several art awards, see more here. CV
While observing the complexity of the natural world she reflects on the interrelatedness of everything in the environment - all energy and matter, and the tenuous and delicate balance of life.