The series of paintings presented are an exploration of personal histories, memory, and dreams. They draw on an archive of found objects, heirlooms, and family photographs. The works are framed by architectural forms and gates, enclosing the space of the paintings and marking the divisions of past and present, personal and private, and the dissolving boundaries of the real and fantastical. There is an uncanny realism to the pieces: a shadowy figure looms in an empty courtyard, walls appear fractured by an immanent, mysterious light, and a sea landscape yields to a yawning void.


Sofia Hallström graduated with an MA Fine Art in Painting and History of Art from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2020. Since graduating, her work has been showcased at Piccadilly Circus for Circa, Shrine NYC, Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, London and The Nunnery, Bow Arts, London. Recently, she was shortlisted for the Oxford Art Society Young Artists and received an artist research grant at The Warburg Institute in London.