Sovina Vernon-White’s work explores the representation of Black people in real spaces and in the prism of socialised perspectives. She shares that when growing up she was, never exposed to the fact that black people made art and by some twisted irony, the artists that greatly influenced her were the artist who were themselves influenced by African art; such and Benin and Fang.
The cyclical irony that led her back to her artistic African heritage still makes her smile today. Sovina takes those cubism influences and makes them her own with the use of block colour, mixed with other abstract interpretations of texture, shape and values.
Sovina works predominately on large scale canvases, in oil. She is a self-taught artist led by raw passion and artistic intrigue. Her creativity also extends to poetry which often informs her pieces.
“You may even find a few written words on the back of the canvas”.
The new focus on social conscience has stimulated her artist expression as she becomes more transparent as a person and consequently an artist.