Sophie Astrum is an artist and freelance writer. She has had articles published in The Atlantic magazine USA and Juno in the UK under the name Malekin.
She brings her own unique understanding of myth and the human experience to both her art and her writing. Her art walks a fine line between this world and others, filled with images straight from her imagination yet also deeply informed by memory and her relationship to nature.
Sophie was born in Uppsala, Sweden, but spent most of her childhood in the UK until the age of 16. Since then she has moved and travelled extensively living in many different countries.
The paintings have the feel of mythical inner landscapes with fairy tale elements, containing dark as well as light components as she seeks to understand and harmonise both. Her writing, likewise, becomes a walk through Hades and yet ultimately leads to the light with a renewed sense of vitality and wisdom. She deals with themes of death, grief, autism and relationships. She writes about the experience of grief as something viscerally sharp, but ultimately transformative. Her own personal experiences both through the loss of a partner to cancer and in the raising of two autistic children inform her writing. Despite the somber subject matter, Sophie enters into these areas with candid humour and a fearless authenticity.
Sophie's unconventional background is something she considers an asset. From the age of 16 and into her 20's she spent many years deeply involved in the practice of Transcendental Meditation. This included living and working in TM academies around the world and keeping a simple routine with several hours devoted to meditating every day.