Illustration

Floating Among the Infinite Abyss with Illustrator Sonia Alins


illustrations of women swimming by Sonia Alins

Over two years ago, I first fea­tured the intrigu­ing work of Sonia Alins. Back then, she had recent­ly com­plet­ed a series called Dones d’aigua, which fea­tured illus­tra­tions of women swim­ming — and some­times strug­gling — among a hazy watery abyss. Sonia has recent­ly released a con­tin­u­a­tion of these com­pelling vignettes that’s appro­pri­ate­ly titled Dones d’aigua II.

Using the strik­ing over­lay effect, Sonia places these women with­in a cloudy under­cur­rent. Their fates dif­fer from illus­tra­tion to illus­tra­tion; some­times, they strug­gle to keep their head above water while oth­er times they seem­ing­ly thrive beneath it.

Sonia has made her set­ting unspectacular—this is not a crit­i­cism, but rather a con­cep­tu­al com­pli­ment. The blank water acts as metaphor for the things we do not know and that con­tin­ue to haunt us when we’re not expect­ing it.

illustrations of nude women swimming by Sonia Alins

conceptual illustrations of women

illustrations of nude women swimming by Sonia Alins

illustrations of nude women swimming by Sonia Alins

illustrations of nude women swimming by Sonia Alins

illustrations of nude women swimming by Sonia Alins

illustrations of nude women swimming by Sonia Alins

illustrations of nude women swimming by Sonia Alins