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These were taken by Sebastian Mader prior to the creation of our video My Dirtied Soles. In fact, it was on this day that we met in order to shoot a spread for SMUG magazine. We walked around the museum for hours talking and stopping and taking pictures. I even met an old artist who was drawing marble women with a pencil, on a stool – being kept company by one of the security guards. He was inspiring. I spoke to him as well as the ghosts of some ancient Egyptians, I believe. I hope you enjoy the images which document our time there. It was unmistakably the beginning of an exceptionally expansive creative collaboration!

Sophie Ward by Sebastian Mader for SMUG magazine

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Two months ago, I worked with Sebastian Mader and the editor of SMUG magazine, Gaute Drevdal on a photoshoot at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wore all white, and a necklace the guards thought was straight out of the display cabinet. It was given to me by my dear friend Nicole Trunfio. That same day, Sebastian told me I was not a model anymore, but an artist. What a liberation to hear those words. I understood that to closet myself under any one dimension defies the very fabric of my being. I am not any one thing, but to be heard as an artist opens up limitless landscapes with which to play.

It is in this spirit that I present my latest creation, something I am very proud of, and something Sebastian and I are as excited as new parents for. We brainstorm like there is no tomorrow (which is how it should always be!) and defy each others’ expectations with our mutual idea-making. Last weekend we filmed the second part of this magnificent and ongoing generation of creativity we  have chanced upon. I am so very pleased to present number one in our Ward Mader Cycle, a poem which appears in my book, and will live on in the heart of me, on my soul, and the soles of my feet forever.

A Visual Poem. THE SOURCE – Directed By Sebastian Mader feat. Sophie Ward from Sebastian Mader Studio on Vimeo.

Poetry as an art form has lived in many mediums, from the spoken to the written word. Now it moves to a new dimensions. THE SOURCE is a video poem born out of a vision for contributing the potency of poetic messages to human beings. Written and spoken by Sophie Ward, directed and filmed by Sebastian Mader, THE SOURCE is the first in a cycle of expressions on the journey of life itself — on our basic needs, fears, and yearnings which speak of what it is to be a human today. Sophie and Sebastian are now working on Act II of the cycle, to be released early 2011.

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