“I wanted to understand the full human experience.” Patti Smith

Sonya Whitefield, née Cromie, born Moy 1964, is an artist based in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

She studied photography at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including The Gallery of Photography Dublin, The Photographer’s Gallery London, The Moon Gallery Georgia, USA and the Hungarian Museum Of Photography. Her work has been published in numerous periodicals and she has received individual awards from Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The British Council, Southern Arts England and Rural Arts NI.

Her work explores conflicting dualities inherent in loss, vulnerability, sexuality, identity, childhood and domesticity. She creates visual poetry; captured narratives that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and challenge people to view, and question, the inner and outer worlds we live with.

With her most recent solo exhibition at the Golden Thread Project Space –The Journey of A Hysterectic Woman -Whitefield created a visual diary, capturing feelings of detachment and otherworldliness, which reflected the stark sterility of her clinical situation and surroundings.  Her accompanying limited edition art book HYSTERECTIC was winner of the UK Mc Naughton Review Award in 2010.

She is currently working on a collaborative project with acclaimed writer David Park in response to his upcoming novel Travelling In A Strange Land.

She works as an Arts Development Officer for The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.