Sophia Szilagyi

“The horizon is not a straight line, but a segment of a great arc.”

– Hiroshi Sugimoto

This fragmented arc has long been present in the digital prints of Sophia Szilagyi. Contained by the edges of the picture plane, occasionally interrupted or thrown off kilter, the infinitude implied by the slow curve of the horizon is a leading feature in some of Szilagyi’s most memorable works.

As a pictorial device, the horizon line draws the viewer deep into the receding space within an image. This is powerfully demonstrated in almost loneliness – moonlight from her new exhibition, drifting back at Port Jackson Press Australia. Here the eye travels from the wet sand in the foreground, across the cold, moonlit white wash to the irregular horizon, and up toward the turbulent clouds above. The lofty perspective and evocation of vast space combine for a thrilling result, and continue the artist’s romantic conception of nature as a mirror for dramatic human emotions.

A gentler mood exists in shifting, which again sees the artist make a feature of big skies and open spaces. Yet behind the tall grass in the foreground a mist creeps into the centre of this image, as fog would naturally gather in a valley. This atmospheric vapour becomes a prominent feature in other works, where it rises in veils to consume the landscape in a diffused light. Sometimes the horizon line is obliterated completely, destabilizing a clear reading of the image.

In some ways this treatment of light reverses its inherent function. Whereas usually light reveals, in works such as held and exposure II it becomes caught in smoky atmospherics that serve to obfuscate the scene. Previously Szilagyi employed darkness in this manner, cultivating an unsettling, ominous quality for which her work is well known. In these earlier pieces, velvety blacks threaten to envelop the landscape imagery. Yet in this current series, darkness has largely been replaced by luminous vapours. Orbs of light pierce these milky veils of atmosphere, radiating pearlescent hues and generating an overall tonal warmth.

There is a slippery quality to these images that encourages close inspection. Within each print certain areas stand out in sharp focus, with individual leaves or blades of grass clearly delineated. While other areas within the same scene are swallowed up by that ethereal mist. In held and exposure II, it is as though a layer of glass separates the viewer from the view, with leaves and marks reflected on this invented surface within the picture plane.

Through creating such layered optical effects, Szilagyi’s works shift between clarity and ambiguity, certainty and doubt in a way that mimics the unstable nature of memories. Her imagery has long been informed by the internalized experience of memory and emotion, using nature as a vehicle to express this hidden terrain. In each image the artist fuses numerous photographs taken of various locations, manipulating them to convey a fleeting thought or mood. Her technique, while digital, is almost painterly in the level of rendering employed to create the rich and layered aesthetic depth present in her work. Through this methodology Szilagyi creates true mindscapes of the imagination, using the natural world as a starting point to invent unchartered territory, while disrupting the documentary ‘truth’ associated with photography.

Of this world, yet otherworldly, this new series of prints reveals a visible shift towards a lighter, gentler and roomier conception of the universe. While the unsettling darkness still exists, it is uplifting to view Szilagyi’s fictional realms filtered through a flood of light and colour.

Marguerite Brown

MA ArtCur

bek

bek

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

$550.00 inc. GST

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camellia

camellia

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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dahlia

dahlia

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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iris

iris

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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isabel

isabel

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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poppies

poppies

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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shells

shells

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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valentine

valentine

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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yumi

yumi

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

$550.00 inc. GST

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safe

safe

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

36 x 45.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2016

$700.00 inc. GST

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safe II

safe II

Digital Print

100 x 113 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

$3,000.00 inc. GST

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safe (grid)

safe (grid)

Digital Print - pigment print on rag paper in grids

180 x 210 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

$4,400.00 inc. GST

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that fine edge II

that fine edge II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

33 x 49 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$650.00 inc. GST

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warm winds I

warm winds I

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

96 x 96 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

$2,500.00 inc. GST

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warm winds II

warm winds II

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

100 x 103 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

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exposure II

exposure II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

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shifting

shifting

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

65 x 55 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

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that fine edge

that fine edge

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

55 x 80.7 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2015

$1,400.00 inc. GST

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held

held

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 44 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2015

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almost loneliness moonlight

almost loneliness moonlight

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

172.5 x 118 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$3,800.00 inc. GST

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tender

tender

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

61 x 84 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$1,600.00 inc. GST

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within time

within time

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

35 x 37 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2015

$650.00 inc. GST

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endless II

endless II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

75 x 103.6 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$3,000.00 inc. GST

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courage variation

courage variation

Digital Print - on archival rag paper

56 x 69.5 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$890.00 inc. GST

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yellow noise

yellow noise

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

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33 x 36 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2015

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darkness is almost to pass

darkness is almost to pass

Digital Print

21 x 21 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2014

$450.00 inc. GST

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almost loneliness

almost loneliness

Digital Print

21 x 21 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2014

$450.00 inc. GST

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long shadows

long shadows

Digital Print

21 x 21 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2014

$450.00 inc. GST

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vision II variation

vision II variation

Digital Print - pigment print on rag paper

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80 x 83.5 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2014

$1,800.00 inc. GST

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view II

view II

Digital Print - pigment print on rag paper

This is a sold out edition. Last A/P only available at $2,600 framed

90 x 76 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2014

$2,100.00 inc. GST

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no less than skies

no less than skies

Digital Print

Edition is already half SOLD

90 x 134.28 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2010

$2,800.00 inc. GST

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hands 1

hands 1

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

38 x 42 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$840.00 inc. GST

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hands 3

hands 3

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38 x 42 cm

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Year of Print: 2011

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hands 2

hands 2

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

38 x 42 cm

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Year of Print: 2011

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sweep II

sweep II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

100 x 146 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$3,000.00 inc. GST

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incoming cloud II

incoming cloud II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

80 x 128 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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light sea II

light sea II

Digital Print

50 x 50 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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waiting II

waiting II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

85 x 128.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$2,800.00 inc. GST

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night waves I (large)

night waves I (large)

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

80 x 80 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2013

$1,800.00 inc. GST

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evening forest

evening forest

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper, mounted on diabond (archival aluminium)

80 x 298 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2013

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hand

hand

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

60 x 40 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$990.00 inc. GST

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back

back

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

60 x 40 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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face

face

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

60 x 40 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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calling

calling

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

More editions available

90 x 116.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$2,800.00 inc. GST

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by the light of the moon II

by the light of the moon II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

75 x 100 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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Night Sky II

Night Sky II

Digital Print

27 x 23 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2014

$450.00 inc. GST

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dark sea II

dark sea II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

50 x 50 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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night waves I

night waves I

Digital Print

28.5 x 31 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$600.00 inc. GST

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place

place

Pigment Print - on archival rag paper

39 x 38 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$700.00 inc. GST

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incoming cloud

incoming cloud

Pigment Print - on archival rag paper

50 x 80 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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sweep

sweep

Pigment Print - on archival rag paper

55.5 x 80 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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waiting

waiting

Pigment Print - on archival rag paper

50 x 75 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2013

$990.00 inc. GST

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evening waves

evening waves

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper, mounted on diabond, archival aluminium 5 panels

120 x 450 cm

Edition length: 3

Year of Print: 2013

$8,700.00 inc. GST

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memory

memory

Digital Print

44 x 61 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$990.00 inc. GST

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breaking

breaking

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

96.6 x 122.23 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$2,800.00 inc. GST

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Grounded

Grounded

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

68 x 78 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$1,400.00 inc. GST

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at the edge

at the edge

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

37 x 39 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2011

$925.00 inc. GST

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Settling

Settling

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

80 x 70.65 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$1,600.00 inc. GST

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Ocean view I

Ocean view I

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

77 x 78 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2012

$1,600.00 inc. GST

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Ocean view I variation

Ocean view I variation

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

34.5 x 34.5 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2012

$650.00 inc. GST

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Ocean view II

Ocean view II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

77 x 78 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2012

$1,600.00 inc. GST

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Ocean view II variation

Ocean view II variation

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

34.5 x 34.5 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2012

$650.00 inc. GST

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breaking variation

breaking variation

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

45 x 56 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2012

$990.00 inc. GST

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endless variation

endless variation

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

44 x 62 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$990.00 inc. GST

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wave

wave

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

50 x 57.34 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2011

$1,100.00 inc. GST

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The Shutting of the Eye

The Shutting of the Eye

Digital Print - pigment inkjet print on hahnemuhle photo rag paper

55 x 92.2 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2009

$1,400.00 inc. GST

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Threadless Way

Threadless Way

Digital Print - pigment inkjet print on hahnemuhle photo rag paper

55 x 80 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2009

$1,250.00 inc. GST

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a matter of the skies

a matter of the skies

Digital Print - pigment inkjet print on hahnemuhle photo rag paper 310 GSM

135 x 200 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2010

$4,400.00 inc. GST

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nature hesitate variation

nature hesitate variation

Digital Print - pigment inkjet print on hahnemuhle photo rag paper

57.5 x 82 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2010

$1,100.00 inc. GST

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furthest shining

furthest shining

Digital Print - pigment inkjet print on hahnemuhle photo rag paper

55 x 82.2 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2009

$1,250.00 inc. GST

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Reflection

Reflection

Digital Print - pigment inkjet print

31 x 104 cm

Edition length: 13

Year of Print: 2008

$990.00 inc. GST

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all was still

all was still

Digital Print - pigment print on hahnemuhle photorag

34 x 49.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2007

$700.00 inc. GST

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every night (variation)

every night (variation)

pigment print

13.5 x 32.2 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2007

$375.00 inc. GST

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this was my dream

this was my dream

Pigment Print - pigment print on hahnemuhle photo rag

57.5 x 49 cm

Edition length: 25

Year of Print: 2007

$880.00 inc. GST

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