Sophie Leininger addresses the personal indirectly so viewers may relate to their own emotions more intimately. Her work explores sentiments of control, destruction, loss, and devastation, and yet, figures are rarely present, giving a ghostly quality to the evidence left behind. Inspired by images wherein traces of the destroyer are apparent, her subjects often include landscapes at the mercy of natural and human disaster. Likewise, her series of broken and discarded sea vessels become allegories for the complexity and cosmic sorrow of the human condition. She uses gesture, abstraction, and a thoughtful palette to explore the dramatic, impermanent, and ephemeral nature of her subjects, and looks to non-traditional methods of paint application to further depict impossibly dramatic scenarios.