Sophia Dixon Dillo, born in 1977, is an American artist living in Colorado who uses light as an active medium in her work. She grew up watching her father, artist Willard Dixon, paint in his studio. Struck by the power and simplicity of Mark Rothko’s paintings, she began to explore abstract painting in her early artist years. She began to work with light as a medium during her graduate studies at Colorado State University. It was there that she first linked together sculpture, painting and light, ultimately leading her away from the traditional means of painting.
Dillo is intrigued with how light can be both visible and invisible at the same time – always present, yet not always seen. Her works play with this internal contradiction in the nature of light. Through large-scale installations as well as minimal wall works, Dillo actively engages with this internal contradiction in the nature of light, between the materiality of the art object and the immateriality of light. As a result, the transparent, translucent, and reflective materials, in combination with all-over patterning create works that incorporate light and shadow on and between the surfaces. The result is the fusing of the materiality of art object with the immateriality of light, creating a multivalent visual experience that subtly changes as the viewer moves. Her work invites viewers to step out of usual mind of narrative thinking and into the field of the mind itself.
Dillo received a MFA from Colorado State University, studied at the Lacoste Ecole des Arts, and received her BA in Philosophy from Colorado College. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and is collected internationally. Most recently she has exhibited at venues such as the Calvin Klein Collection in New York for the holiday installation, the Arvada Center for the Arts in Colorado, and at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Los Angeles. Her recent solo exhibition at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Los Angeles was chosen as ‘Pick of the Week’ by ArtWeek, LA and as a ‘Best Pick’ by collector Doug Simay.