Box 6: "Humpbacks" - Sophy Tuttle
The artwork celebrates the humpback whale, a native species that spends its summers feeding at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, just off the coast of Boston. Through this piece, Sophy Tuttle wants to remind people of the beauty of these marine mammals, thanks to conservation efforts.
About the Artist
Sophy Tuttle is a visual artist born in Colchester, England and currently residing in Medford, Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Hartford Art School in 2019.
Influenced by artists such as Swoon, Walton Ford, Mark Dion, and Alexis Rockman, Tuttle uses visual storytelling to reimagine the future, resituate our position in the web of life, and create new narratives that explore regenerative, resilient culture-building among all forms of life.
Tuttle works on a variety of scales and mural painting is an important, socially-engaged part of her practice. She began painting walls after a residency in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2013, where she learned from local activists and artists. Her indoor and outdoor murals can now be seen from Massachusetts to Colombia.
Often brightly-colored and dynamic, her walls depict many of the same environmental themes as her studio work. These murals are a way to begin conversations within the community about environmental issues.