Sofiya Babiak is a young interdisciplinary artist currently studying at the Alfred University School of Art and Design. While historically she has primarily worked with painting and photography, she has a wide array of interests that she frequently explores: including sculpture, print, filmmaking, acting, writing, and beadwork, to name only some. Sofiya moved to upstate New York from Louisiana at the age of eight and attended Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY where she began exploring painting and photography. Graduating in 2017, she attended Pace University in Manhattan that fall, before transferring to Alfred University for the 2018-2019 academic year. Her work primarily focuses on issues of identity, femininity, and interpersonal relationships; however, she is always exploring new interests and methods. Sofiya’s practice involves asking questions rather than answering them. She often uses the juxtaposition of opposing concepts, aesthetics, or materials to convey ideas of duality, the multifaceted nature of human identity, confusion, and experimentation. She shows a particular interest in the role of light in her work, using various colors, keys, and positions to create emotional atmospheres. Sofiya has been drawn to what she calls “hyper-feminine” materials (such as velvet, silk, lace, perfume, lingerie, and pearls) as well as their antithesis (not masculine, but distinctly “unfeminine” materials or settings), and often includes these in her work. Her work is emotional, sentimental, and human-focused. While she often makes traditional self-portraits (herself in the frame), she also considers each piece and her entire body of work to be a self-portrait.