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Sophia Ruppert

Sophia Ruppert

Profile Location
Lincoln , NE


2020                   University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.
MFA, Studio Art, Sculpture emphasis

2016                    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois.
BFA, Studio Art, Sculpture
BA, Art History 

Artist Statement

Materials are fundamentally human centric and give a visceral account of our needs and desires. Typically, human-made objects exist to answer a question or solve a problem. My practice intertwines this question-based impulse with the exploration of materiality. I consider materials’ human nature, their potential, and their ability to transcend our preconceptions about them.

In my practice, “material” refers to any object that is human-made and does not naturally occur in nature. Physical things inform every part of our being; they connect us to other times and root us in the community. Fabric swaddles us through life, tools aid our labor, dishes hold our food. By nature of necessity, materials chronicle our history as complex individuals and, when dissociated from use, catalogue our existence as artifacts. As I work, I consider our human nature and ask further questions: making up answers when I find none or am unsatisfied with a resolution.

I approach my practice without preconception of a final product. As I work, I let the chosen material dictate much of the form: succumbing to its natural weight or flexibility while exploring its potential. Throughout the process of making, I lean about and consider the embedded physical or psychological content of the objects and materials in my hands. By the explorative act of material manipulation, I muse through making.

Each material I use is carefully considered, explored, and manipulated. By selecting discarded materials that are worn and weathered or that contain a rich visual association, the core of my work contains an embedded but indirect history. The objects I select whisper anonymous memories on the periphery.



Metal / Jewelry
Mixed Media

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Katie Bosley
Lindsey Day
Amanda Durig
G.V. Kelley
Elise Loomis
Sophia Ruppert
Maria Spiess
6/1/20 to 7/11/20
Multiple Mediums
Sophia Ruppert
8/7/20 to 8/28/20
Multiple Mediums
Jim Aden
Liana Agnew
Joel Anderson
Mark Arnold
Michael Ashley
Posey Bacopoulos
Shawn Teseo Ballarin
Green Bee
Jessica Brandl
Wes Brown
Matt Bukrey
Larry Buller
Donna Burdic
Anne Burton
Elaine Buss
Jen Carlson
Neil Celani
Austin Coudriet
Drew Curtright
Lindsey Day
Amanda Durig
Adrienne Eliades
Paul Eshelman
Katelyn Farneth
Lynette Fast
Anna Gadek
PJ Hargraves
Mark Hargraves
Sarah Jentsch
Kyle Johns
G.V. Kelley
Josh Knutson
Mary Koziol
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Lynn Latta
Clay Leonard
Sam Loeffler
Carol Long
Anika Major
Susan McGilvrey
Tom Meyers
Catie Miller
Katie Nieland
Kyle Nobles
Samantha Oliver
Sarah Olsen
Cathy Patterson
Christy Puetz
Brittany Rea
Sarah Rowe
Sophia Ruppert
Erin Ryan
Agnes Seebass
Sarah Shoot
José Sierra
Sarah Smelser
Shannon Smith
Maria Spiess
Susan Stark-Johnson
Evan Stoler
Patty Talbert
Harry Tompkin
Tara Tonsor
April White
Tara Dawley
11/6/20 to 12/30/20
Multiple Mediums

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