Sophie Sarkar (she/her) is a planner, photographer, painter, and illustrator, based in South Philadelphia. The product of a multi-racial and transnational family, Sophie likes to play with visual pluralism in her work. By bringing together disparate scenes and subjects from her experiences, she explores the connection and contention between her intertwined cultural and racial identities. Influenced by traditional Japanese and Indian textiles and water color techniques, Sophie has a propensity for geometric patterns, bright colors, thick outlines, and ink-wash.
When she is not making art in her home studio, Sophie works as a Community Planner and facilitator, supporting residents and groups of varying backgrounds to come together around neighborhood projects that promote close-to-home outdoor engagement, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and build community.
Sophie has an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics where her research examined experiences of racial bias in urban planning education and urban development initiatives. She also works as a thought partner and trainer with the Avarna Group, co-founded the PGM ONE Summit, and was recognized on the inaugural Outdoor 30 Under 30. On Wednesday evenings she facilitates POC-centered mindfulness in her home in South Philly.