Nancy Sophy's work is based around identity and the passing of time. A personal vocabulary of symbols describes intangible subjects as succinct visual expressions. Memories of and a sense of dislocation from Sophy's family heritage also inform Sophy's imagery. The drawings, paintings and light box works Sophy creates are executed through techniques informed by shifting points of view. Process is integral to Sophy's practice; for example in making drawings with unpigmented oil on paper, for which Sophy has developed ways of backlighting with a light box, and a method of grounding others with pastel, to hide, reveal and change effects and textures. Similarly, Sophy's paintings explore a cohesive range of subjects through varied techniques and experimentation with surface effects and materials.
Holding an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy, Nancy Sophy is an active member of the art community in Philadelphia and surrounding region. She has received several awards and honors, including a Window of Opportunity grant from the Leeway Foundation, and grants from The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Change Inc., Artists’ Fellowship Inc., and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. Nancy has been included in significant regional group exhibitions: First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art of the State at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Useless Weapon at Green Lantern Gallery, at AxD Gallery, and Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia. Sophy has had solo exhibitions at Seraphin Gallery, The Delaware Contemporary, Fleisher Art Memorial and The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Her work has been purchased by private collectors, and is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.