Artist, writer and poet
Sonya Douglas is an artist, writer and poet from Cardiff. She was born and educated in Cardiff, going on to study graphic design at Newport Art College. Her work focuses on internal states of freedom, vocalised narratives and learning, and often has a connection with her own life. She lived for many years in Pembrokeshire, where her art still appears in several private and corporate collections. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and daughter and is currently writing arts projects for schools and working on a new collection of poetry.
“I know what it is to feel betrayed by one’s own body. I’ve felt the fear of change, a dread of the inevitable and the unknown; and I know what it is to hate one’s body; to make deals with a future self, and to gamble on feelings; so I can state with the simplest clarity of truth: everything changes, except your biology. Knowledge, understanding, feelings, illnesses (even terminal ones), decisions, convictions, nightmares, and the things that satisfy – they all change, they all move on, they even pass away; but the meat and bones and material matter of you remains, and must be dealt with; must eventually be dealt with. That’s why sex matters.”