With the devastating news of pioneering electronic/pop artist SOPHIE’s death at the start of the year, Homotopia Arts, a renowned LGBTQ+ festival, are teaming up with the Liverpool venue 24 Kitchen Street to commission a mural celebrating and commemorating her. A Facebook post by the venue has called for transgender and non-binary mural artists to get in touch with their portfolios, further stating “We encourage visual artists from a broad range of disciplines to apply. We would particularly love to hear from artists who belong to Trans intersections underrepresented in the arts, including working class, QTIBPoC, and queer D/deaf and disabled folx.”.
The mural will be located at 24 Kitchen Street, a multimedia arts space in the heart of Liverpool just off the waterfront. This serves as respectful location for the co-commission as it is a venue where SOPHIE had played at in 2018 for her acclaimed album ‘OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES’. The album was also nominated for a Grammy, a moment that redefined what it means to be a pop musician. The producer role she took along with her music will remain engrained in modern pop and electronic music for years to come, and 24 Kitchen Street is looking to preserve her influence in the form of visual artwork.
This piece was made possible by Australian independent record label Future Classics and London-based Transgressive Records to which SOPHIE was signed to. With their co-sign, the project can take place “to create the artwork that represents SOPHIE’s creativity and spirit”. An artist should be chosen soon to commence work on the project, hopefully creating something that preserves SOPHIE’s influence both as an artist and a person, serving as a reminder of her impact on the music scene as people walk past the piece.