Getting to know you: Sonya Stockton

Each week we ask a Seattle artist to answer 11 personal questions. Last time, Susanna Bluhm. This week: Sonya Stockton!


We discovered Sonya Stockton’s conceptually driven work at her Gallery 110 solo show “Am I Woman?” last November. We approached Sonya with a few questions about the ideas behind her work, and she was incredibly open and warm and just plain fun to talk to. We’ve been following the evolution of her work ever since, and these new mixed media pieces (ink and paper over dictionary pages) are our favorites to date.

"I don't want to talk right now" Ink and paper over dictionary page, 11 x 8, $65



Where is your studio?  A shed in my parents’ back yard in Bothell. It’s only about 10 feet by 12 feet, and tends to look a lot like something from a show on hoarding rather than a studio. But when the weather is nice I can keep the door open and have a beautiful view of trees, ivy, and the small creek that line the back of their property.

Native Seattleite or transplant?  I was born in Palm Springs, CA, but I’ve lived in the Seattle area since I was in first grade.

What’s on your studio soundtrack?  Many times I just put my iPod on random, or cherry pick out things like Ministry, Neil Diamond, or Blind Melon. I do have two CD’s that I seem to alternate between regularly, The Beatle’s Abbey Road, and Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits. Mainly I just need good rock n’ roll.

Who is your art history crush?  While I am instantly indecisive about this, I will say Sarah Lucas (If the YBA era is bygone). I think that she was one of the first female artists that I really connected with conceptually. Her work was so simple, raw, and meaningful. Of course, Hannah Hoch, Duchamp, and Jasper Johns are up there too. Once again, I just can’t pick, it’s too hard.

What is your favorite Seattle fall activity?  Watching the Seahawks win!

Where is the best coffee in town?  Whatever is closest to me at the time.

What is the last book you read?  All the way through?…The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir.

What is your most treasured possession?  My cat.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?  I’ve been relatively lucky in this area, I have worked at the same restaurant for 12 years, bar tending for most of it, and I love it. But I’d have to say that when I used to work at this pasta factory type restaurant in Mill Creek, my co-workers were all jerks.

What super power would you like to have?  To be able to clean and organize things really, really, really fast.

What is your favorite piece on Artsyo (that’s not yours)?  Anything by Jennifer Zwick

Thanks Sonya!

See more of Sonya Stockton’s work on Artsyo.

"It's hard to keep your head up" Ink and paper over dictionary page, 12 x 8, $65