Visual Artist, based in Germany
sio heartless is a visual artist passionate about manipulating her original photography and video in black and white. Drawn to sio's irreverence towards typical beauty priorities, WOLF + SADIE approached sio, resulting in being each other's very first collaborators. Her work is stark, honest and haunting. She focuses on unearthing truths and challenging expectations in her work which making her a genuine storyteller and realist.
What inspires you as a visual artist?
Inspiration comes in all sorts, so it's hard for me to put my finger on anything specific. My work is heavily influenced by horror movies, literature, and the music I listen to, and of course the work of other artists and designers I admire.
The road leading to your photography and image manipulation is unique, how did you evolve into this medium?
Growing up with video games, movies and comics I have always been interested in art and multimedia. My first foray into digital art was the transition from traditional drawing equipment to graphic tablets, which led me to software like Photoshop. I still love to draw from time to time, and my process majorly shifted towards photography since I started wasting time on Instagram. My approach to photography and video is an attempt to extend and alter reality by digging up what, for me, is lying underneath it all – which is also the reason why all of my images have to undergo the process of manipulation.
What inspired you to create the photo and video series you submitted?
The main inspiration for the series is the jewelry itself. I tried to completely focus on forms and functions, and transfer them not only into a different context, but also translate them into other forms. The outcome feels organic and natural to me.
What is the story behind your project?
"gangrene" is a story about expectations. One might break it down as the concept of how to not wear your jewelry, but I wanted the images and video to reflect thoughts on the following: it is evident that an idea that in the context of jewelry and its presentation, there exists an idea of females having to have a major interest in being pleasing to the eye, and that accessories should be used to emphasize beautiful features. This seems questionable to me, since first and foremost self-expression shouldn't be dependent on a triangular constellation, and take into account a third party – the observer in this case. We shouldn't be reduced to self-expression within the limits of what is rated beautiful by others and their expectations. Liberation of the female body is not only about the right to expose yourself however you feel like doing so; it is also about changing perspectives and the right to not put features immediately relatable to your sex or sexuality on display – it is about the right to distort.
Why do you consider yourself and artistic ally of WOLF + SADIE?
It is the first collaborative project I have worked on, and her pieces are a part of my every day life. WOLF + SADIE's jewelry stood out to me as an unique approach at design rooted in sombre places without relying on obvious dark imagery. The pieces resonated with me because of their minimalist aesthetic – playing with imperfections and contrasts of light and shadow than concentrating on ornamental overloading therefore making them highly versatile.
What is it about Ancestors that you want reflected in your work?
The ability of ancestors to transform depending on situations and context while still keeping that original, unique core is what makes them special to me and what relates them to my own process.
// sio spends most of her free time manipulating video and still images in b/w while trying to pass off as a proper literary scientist working on transitional processes and media change around 1900. //