essie
SOMMA

contemporary artist

painting, collage, mural, mixed media

ESSIE SOMMA

Essie Somma is best known by her deftly painted works who live at the intersection of surrealism and pop. Creating collages using magazine clippings, advertisements, and her own photographs, she investigates the mysticism of reality by thrusting our world into absurdity. Stream of consciousness aids in connecting familiar images to the irrational, all coming together in large scale oil renderings of the collages which she calls “pieces of manufactured culture.”

 

Somma exhibits regularly in Portland, Oregon while remaining location independent in her own life. She has participated in residencies throughout North America, and completed murals in the US, Mexico, and Argentina. Outside of her visual practice, Essie researches the political and cultural trends that have led to social inequalities in the United States. She shares this work as a freelance writer and lecturer. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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April
April

Commissions reopen

Reefer Mmadness opens at Future Shock Records in Portland, Oregon

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May

New print and sticker drop! Pinky PDX and Ascension OBX will be restocked.

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May

Live painting at Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival

RECENT PROJECTS

Daydreamer

Power Positions:

a Dismantling of Phallacies

Ongoing: Public Journal

The Joy of Choice: Huerto Roma Verde Residency

Art Vallarta

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"Woman Up," a digital collage from the first edition of Solo, is going to be featured in Urban Ivy's latest coffee table book Daydreamer, set to be published in April 2022.

A new group exhibition at the Elisabeth Jones Art Center in Portland, Oregon. Featuring work from 5 artists, including Somma, that looks at the impact of representation and challenges assumptions of women.

Monthly articles and blog posts that offer a look into Somma's art practice, recent travels, and cultural critiques.

A 9 x 3 meter mural created in Mexico City while living as an artist in residence at Huerto Roma Verda in 2021.

Recent completion of a 6 month stay as an artist in residence at Art Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, with the intention to cultivate technical skills and explore "play."

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