Richelle Soper is a sculptor working in mixed media. She focuses on the essence of a material and the relationship of their uses in both industrial and domestic contexts. Her work has been exhibited nationally. She earned her BFA from State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2013 and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. She has been recognized for scholastic and artistic achievement and has appeared as a guest artist and lector at various institutions and universities around the country. She currently is the Sculpture Professor at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming.
My sculptures are interpretations of the cold machines we surround ourselves with in combination to the soft, aestheticized way that we curate our direct, intimate living spaces. Imagery of deconstructed industrial objects merged with gentle elements of decorated interiors create foreign, yet familiar, compositions. This is how I understand what is important and what is extraneous. In humor, I find both comfort and confrontation. Humor serves not only as a gateway to acknowledging and embracing ordinary realities and routine, but also as a way to amplify the absurdity.