JOIN US AT THE OPENING RECEPTION: May 11, 2018 7-9PM
EXHIBITION ON VIEW: Through June 17, 2018
Sophia Narrett uses embroidery to tell stories about love and desire. Her work explores love as a transformative experience that has the ability to bring purpose, initiate self-discovery, alleviate pain, and offer joy, as well as its potential to bring heartbreak, miscommunication, and manipulation. Each piece begins as a narrative premise shaped by Narrett’s experiences or thoughts. She then gathers source images from the Internet, screenshots from movies and TV, and photos she collects, to build complex digital collages that she bases her embroideries on. In this way she uses the language of pop culture and social media to express her own desires and fears, and the deep sense of conflict we are faced with as we try to navigate love and the evolving nature of identity against treacherous media portrayals of what we should be and want.
The works being shown at BRIC this May tell a dreamy yet disconcerting narrative that is at once suburban and surreal. Here, the right combination of chemistry, romance, and perhaps delusion, makes backyards and living rooms potential sites for magic and escapism. Sometimes this strikes a humorous note, as nude women play on tires in a backyard, or a T-Shirt proclaims “See You in Hell.” However, despite occasional elements of playful exaggeration, the spirit of the work remains sincere in its yearning, a quality built through both the content of the images and the slow, tactile method of their construction. The sense of melodrama is linked to a lurking fear that perhaps the fantasy is unattainable, or even that it is a deeply flawed thing to want in the first place.
Narrett’s work has been shown at BRIC and 315 Gallery in Brooklyn; the Museum of Sex, Freight + Volume, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, and Nancy Margolis Gallery, all in NY; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA; and Museum Rijswijk, Holland. Her past residencies include those at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME; the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; and the Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA. She is a 2018 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University and a MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, both in Providence, RI.
Sophia Narrett is a 2017-18 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House. For more information, visit BRICartsmedia.org/ArtFP
Curated by Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator