Daniela [Turudich] Soberman Serbian-American Daniela Soberman is a first-generation Serbian American self-taught artist living and working in Los Angeles. Primarily known for her immersive architectural-scale sculptures, Soberman creates intimate works that redefine the balance between structure and unrestrained expression. Her solo exhibitions include Willmore Resurrected (the Getty Museum), Memorial to the Future (the LA Art Show), Deconstructed Labyrinth and Stage 3 (the Torrance Art Museum), and Points of Intersection (the Long Beach Museum of Art).
Soberman’s art is greatly influenced by her immigrant working-class background and her time spent in the former Yugoslavia as a child. The city landscape was experienced without restraint, shadowed by the brutalist buildings that accompanied her. The daughter of an inventor and an artist, Soberman says she tries to “tap into that same lack of fear and adventure when creating the work”. Fearlessness and rebellion rule. Soberman courageously simulates lost urban settings - angular and fluffy plastered jungles built on dreams and grit and disappearing poets. Soberman makes work that takes up space then throws it back at you. Her hand-sculpted creations seduce the viewer into realms of frenzied making, unmaking, and remaking. Towering interlocking forms, made of plaster and various other compulsive materials, are a silently approachable, yet looming vortex. They delight and depress and are reminiscent of “weathered stone, ruins, and glazed cookies bitten by gargantuan gods”. Soberman is a storyteller who wants us all to feel connected, unrestrained, and open to play. What her work evokes is part of a greater narrative - part of the impulsive integrity of those who welcome its invitation.