French / Moroccan
Sonia Bensouda is a French artist based in London who grew up in Morocco. She received her BA in Interior Architecture in Lyon, France and moved to London in 2014 for a Master's degree in Interior and Spatial Design at UAL - Chelsea College of Art. She continues to work as both an independent artist and an interior architect.
Growing up in the vibrant surroundings of Morocco heavily influenced the artist’s creative approach. It has made researching colour combinations and developing refined palettes a significant part of her process, while her background as an interior architect has shaped her passion for abstract geometry and composition. Bensouda’s goal is to combine these elements into a graphic visual language that is universally understandable.
Inspired by philosopher Michel Foucault’s notion of ‘Heterotopia’ or ‘in-between spaces’. Her intent is to, through the medium of collage, playfully explore our relationship with real and virtual spaces; the simultaneous occupation of spaces, physically and mentally - two inherently different states of being. Her work is a conceptual combination of strong, architectural surroundings and dream-like, surreal aesthetics.
‘’I like to work with the theme of in-between spaces: being physically present in one space but mentally elsewhere.’’