Sonja Hinrichsen is an artist who is interested in engaging the audience. As she explains in the statement in her website, she feels “the responsibility to address subject matters our society tends to neglect or deny, including adverse impacts to the natural environment, social inequality and injustice, and human exploitation. I am not interested in creating lasting artworks, as I believe that our world is over-saturated with man-made products. I like to unfold my work into large immersive experiences, however I prefer that it live on in its documentation only, and – hopefully – in the memories of my audiences.”
The series “Snow Drawings” started in 2009 during her 3-month residence in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It was at first just a few snowshoes walks but gradually evolved into art projects. The last one, in 2014, with the title “We are water“, was composed with the assistance of a team of 50-60 volunteers from the local residents. She only gave basic instructions to the participants in view of the idea which was going to be drawn and then the creation was all up to them. Each of the performers presented a drop of water and how he/she imagined the movement of this drop – slow, fast, swirling, lingering, straight, curving. On the following day, Sonja Hinrichsen, photographed them from an airplane.