Before blogs, there were zines. Before zines, there were scrapbooks. Sometimes overlooked in the quest to produce high culture, these most direct and intimate means of communication and recording memory are the tools favoured by Sonja Ahlers in the making of her art. A self-taught artist and writer, Ahlers wears her pop culture obsessions on her sleeve, professing her love for such visual icons as Princess Di, Holly Hobbie and Stevie Nicks. Focusing on found objects such as stickers, greeting cards, magazine photos collected in collage framework, complete with song lyrics hand-lettered in her cursive script and heartbreaking, melancholic watercolours, Ahlers explores and exposes the social construction of roles, feminine and otherwise. With The Selves, the schizophrenic nature of an identity foraged from modern cultural sources is laid bare. "Sonja Ahlers' meditations on childhood, pop culture and feminine power are beyond entertaining. Entering the alternate reality she has created in The Selves, I found myself standing somewhere seductive, familiar and very funny." Kathleen Hanna (Musician, Bikini Kill & Le Tigre)

“Sonja Ahlers’ work is violently frangible, disheveled sophistication; cruelly sentimental and sweetly cold. This violent femme is everything, everything, everything.” —LYNN CROSBIE, author of Pearl and Liar


“Ahlers’s interests revolve around the connections between art, craft, and architecture, as mediated by the personal histories of selected women artists.” —The Georgia Straight


“VC Andrews versus Beatrix Potter” - ex-boyfriend Jeremy Schmidt, Sinoia Caves & Black Mountain

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