Sonja Ratkay is currently living & working in Tiohtià:ke/ Montréal.
b. Vancouver, BC, Canada
2022-ongoing MFA candidate, Fibres & Material Practices, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
2019-2021 Fibres & Material Practices courses, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture), Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC
2021 Puddle Popper Lounge, Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, Vancouver, BC
2019 Perverse Signage, Family, Montreal, QC
2018 How The Wet Sock Flower Revealed Itself, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, BC
2018 Staring Contest Through Fuschia Membrane, Little Sister (now Sibling), Toronto, ON
2017 Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish, The New Gallery, Calgary, AB
2017 Plintor Drax Lounge, Site Factory, Vancouver, BC
2016 A Beast Salient, Franc Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2016 Puddle Popper Pt. 2, Vancouver Art Book Fair, Vancouver, BC
2016 New Forms Festival, Vancouver, BC
2016 Puddle Popper, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, BC
2015 The Show, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014 mia, curated by Logan Sturrock, Amazing Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014 Just A Sec, curated by Katherine Neil, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014 Through The Somethingscape, curated by Meaghen Buckley & Kristine Suddaby, Concourse
Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014 Postures For Lessness, curated by Logan Sturrock, Amazing Gallery, Vancouver
2013 Autocenter Summer Academy Exhibition, curated by participants and instructors of the academy, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
2018 Office Hours X SPIT X PLOT Workshop series and publication, Access Gallery PLOT space, Vancouver, BC
2018 Science Fiction & Other Reading Room (modular furniture collaboration), 221a, Vancouver, BC
2018 ROSE LAPSE; 11-page book of drawings and poems
2016 MAGNETIC STRAWBERRY; 24-page book of drawings
2016 FLOWER HEELS; 16-page book of drawings
2016 SEAHORSE; 12-page book of drawings
2015 ANGEL;12-page book of drawings
2015 COLON; 12-page book of drawings
2014 Untitled; 12-page book of drawings
2018 How The Wet Sock Flower Revealed Itself
2017 Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish
2016 Puddle Popper pt. 2-risographed diorama and 4-pages of collaborative drawings.
Vancouver, BC. Designed and produced by Moniker Press.
2016 Puddle Popper ;10-page risographed book of collaborative drawings. Vancouver, BC. edited & designed by Puddle Popper.
2016 LINT;45-page risographed book of collaborative drawings between Sonja Ratkay & Tylor Macmillan. Vancouver, BC.
2021 Sum (spread of drawings). edited and designed by Brennan Kelly
2019 Moniker Press 2019 Calendar (April page).
2017 SUPER TOWERS (1 page of drawing). Germany. edited & designed by Vincent Fritz.
2016 Freakers Unltd.; (2 pages of drawings). Vancouver, BC. edited & designed by Tylor Macmillan & Juli Majer and Cristian Hernandez
2015 DDOOGG #1(2 pages of drawings and cover art). Vancouver, BC. edited & designed by Tylor Macmillan, Juli Majer and Cristian Hernandez.
2013 MAKE GOOD THE DAMAGE (2 pages poem and a drawing). Vancouver, BC. edited & designed by Sara Wylie & Hugo Noriega.
2013 Late Cuts 2. (1 page drawing). Vancouver, BC. edited, designed & screen-printed by Tylor Macmillan, Hugo Noriega & Liam Shiveral.
2012 Bonus #1(1 page drawing/poem).Vancouver, BC.
RESIDENCIES & AWARDS
2022 Merit Scholarship for MFA, Concordia University, Montreal
2020 Concept to Realisation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2013 Autocenter Summer Academy, Berlin, Germany
2008 Entrance Scholarship for BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2008 Entrance Scholarship for BFA, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
2008 Entrance Scholarship for BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
2007 Buschlen Mowatt Scholarship Program, Arts Umbrella
|2023||Lunchbox Artist Talk Series|
|2021||Puddle Popper VANCAF|
PRESS & FEATURES
2018 Canadian Art
2017 Must-Sees This Week: November 9 to 15, 2017, Canadian Art
2015 DDOOGG Website contribution
2014 Art Daily Vancouver Zine Review
2014 Just A Sec’ Exhibition: Comments From the Curator
Seed, Stone, Star
Sitting With Myself
White bronze, cotton, stuffing
White bronze, cotton, stuffing, stones
Undyed wool yarn on silk organza
Ink on paper
Ink on paper
Ink on paper
Small children look at themselves in the mirror. They don’t realize they are seeing themselves until they do. I sit with this reflection in my mind. Remembering dreams, sorting through them, moving alongside logics. My hand touches my reflection until it fuses, I pull back, my arm grows, turning into a tangled nest. The arm is a cord connecting to itself. The location is the destination and back again.
A womb filled with stones, full to the brim with death and rebirth. I can see myself in her eyes, but she can’t see me. She sees patterns, dancing souls, a dangled carrot in front of the abyss. She is heavy in her womb and in her heart so she lies down. She isn’t sleeping but she isn’t awake either. She turns and looks at them. They are not her children, they are her.
States of mind walk in different directions, but here they gather. Lines travel densely, caught in loose thoughts, connecting them. Swirling membranes and curdled milk in a warm place to rest and think. Pools reflect eyes, small and big. Connections and patterns pollinating the internal world. I follow a thought, coming up for air through the pores. Sifting through substance, a soft yarn to hold on to and pull to the end. A soul with seams.
Photography by Laurence Poirier
Works left - right
Mohair, fish glue, two flies
Plaster, fish glue, rust, mixed fibres
Silk organza, glue
Wool sweater, plaster, india ink
Midnight Waves/Unreadable Writing
Graphite on paper mounted on handmade frame
Embroidery floss, stained tank top, pins
Soft Shell is a series of explorations of liminality through sculpture, collage and drawing. Through use of glues and other adhering methods, I explore the joining, merging and interlocking of bodies, language and materials.
Glue does not inherently transform an individual item, it rather binds and adheres multiple pieces into a single gesture. Typically a “quick fix” to mend objects, I used glue in large quantities, to “fix”, pause, or lock an active gesture into place. I challenge the functionality and purpose of glue. Fused textile pieces may seem to be destroyed rather than mended as the glue is absorbed into the fibres. However, I embrace the murky joining of forms.
I use objects that can be held in my hands or arms, fit around my body and often even my own body part pressings. They are hand knitted and crocheted textiles as well as used garments that have a sense of comfort and domesticity. I want to be able to manage these items, to have an intimate relationship with them. They are extensions, shadows and placeholders of the body.
Pores are clogged as fibres are penetrated. Are the skins of these objects the edges of their being? Does the glue expand and engulf other items parasitically? There is a quietude to these still objects, their colours muted behind veils of ‘glue’. These are objects holding on to themselves, creating barriers, protecting oneself but at once separating their original form. This is a transformation that is not necessarily permanent, but also one that may outlive the object.
Photography by Laurence Poirier
Organza, wool roving, thread and metal dowels
55 x 100 in
Photography by Edwin Isford