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Sophia Narrett
updated: 12/16/2013
website: www.sophianarrett.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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To Be Given Something (detail)
To Be Given Something
No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen
No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen (detail)
Eww
The Whole Sick Myth
Our Path
Double Image
I'm Touching the Disco as Much as I Can
Sometimes It's Easy
Cruel Intentions
Collar Chewing
If I Have to Break My Neck to See It I Will
Still I Laugh
Stage
 
Portfolio Keywords:  feminist, obsessive, gender/sexuality, nature, dreams, psychological, figurative, craft, fantasy, narrative
 
 
To Be Given Something (detail) by Sophia Narrett
To Be Given Something (detail)
Embroidery Thread, Fabric
2012
17 " x  13 " 
To Be Given Something by Sophia Narrett
To Be Given Something
Embroidery Thread, Fabric
2012
17" x  13" 
No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen by Sophia Narrett
No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen
Embroidery Thread, Fabric
2012
35" x  35" 
No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen (detail) by Sophia Narrett
No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen (detail)
Embroidery Thread, Fabric
2012
35" x  35" 
Eww by Sophia Narrett
Eww
Oil on Board
2013
8" x  10" 
The Whole Sick Myth by Sophia Narrett
The Whole Sick Myth
Embroidery Thread and Fabric
2013
8.5 " x  12 " 
Our Path by Sophia Narrett
Our Path
Embroidery Thread, Tulle, Artificial Evergreen Branches
2011
66" x  42"  x 9" 
Double Image by Sophia Narrett
Double Image
Oil Board
2013
16 " x  20 "  x 1.5 " 
I'm Touching the Disco as Much as I Can by Sophia Narrett
I'm Touching the Disco as Much as I Can
Embroidery Thread, Fabric, Glitter Glue, Cellophane, Wire Wreath
2011
18" x  18"  x 1.5" 
Sometimes It's Easy by Sophia Narrett
Sometimes It's Easy
Embroidery Thread, Ribbon, Artificial Leaves, Fabric
2011
72" x  25"  x 7" 
Cruel Intentions by Sophia Narrett
Cruel Intentions
Embroidery Thread and Fabric
2013
14 " x  16 " 
Collar Chewing by Sophia Narrett
Collar Chewing
Oil on Canvas
2013
8 " x  10 " 
If I Have to Break My Neck to See It I Will by Sophia Narrett
If I Have to Break My Neck to See It I Will
Embroidery Thread, Artificial Peonies, Fabric, Wood
2011
37" x  35"  x 7" 
Still I Laugh by Sophia Narrett
Still I Laugh
Acrylic on Board
2012
18" x  24" 
Stage by Sophia Narrett
Stage
Oil on Board
2013
16" x  12"  x 1.5" 

Artist Statement

There is a moment of transcendence in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers (1913) when Emil finds the married woman he’s in love with alone in an orchard. They had recently kissed for the first time.

"When he reached the orchard the sun was hanging low over the wheatfield.  Long fingers of light reached through the apple branches as through a net; the orchard was riddled and shot with gold; light was the reality, the trees were merely interferences that reflected and refracted light.  Emil went softly down the cherry trees toward the wheatfield.  When he came to the corner, he stopped short and put his hand over his mouth.  Marie was lying on her side under the white mulberry tree, her face half hidden in the grass, her eyes closed, her hands lying limply where they had happened to fall.  She had lived a day of her new life of perfect love, and it had left her like this.  Her breast rose and fell faintly, as if she were asleep.  Emil threw himself down beside her and took her in his arms.  The blood came back to her cheeks, her amber eyes opened slowly, and in them Emil saw his own face and the orchard and the sun.  “I was dreaming this,” she whispered, hiding her face against him, “don’t take my dream away!”

A few hours later they are shot by Marie’s husband, and bleed to death in the same orchard. Giorgio Agamben has referred to “the nihilism of beauty,” stating that if beauty is pure appearance it cannot mean anything beyond itself, and its vacuity only perpetuates itself. In this sense there is no purpose, meaning, or relevance to beauty beyond beauty itself. This is as tantalizing and liberating as it is depressing. The beauty of my figures is an essential and visible component of the hedonism, leisure, and happiness that they search out, construct and practice. Beauty means nothing greater than itself.  Yet it remains the most tempting way to look into the abyss, and face one aspect of the arbitrariness of life.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Education

2014 Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Painting Candidate, Providence, RI

2010 Brown University, BA with Honors in Visual Art, Providence, RI

Selected Exhibitions (* denotes solo show)

 

2013

The Sublime Revisited, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

 

At Your Leisure, 111 Front Street Gallery 200, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Mashinka Firunts

 

Summer Ceylon, SHOW ROOM, New York, NY 

 

*I Was Dreaming This, Space Gallery, Portland, ME

2012

Too Big to Fail, Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI

 

These Favorite Things, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD

 

*Even When It’s Hard To See, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD

 

End of Days, Mixed Greens, New York, NY

2011

Residue: The 22nd Drawing Show, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA Curated by Steven Holmes

 

*The Higher They Rise the Higher They Are, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI

 

Pursuant Pharaohs, Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY, Curated by Georgia Wohnsen and Jenny Kemp

 

Play, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Joetta Maue

2010

*Love Sleep, Gallery 210, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI

2009

Me & We: The Individual and The Collective, Brown/RISD Hillel Gallery Project, Providence, RI, Juried by Robin Cembalest and Curated by William Stover


Residencies

 

2011 Public Art Academy Residency, The Pajama Factory, Williamsport, PA

 

2011 Artist Grant and Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Text

Britta Konau, “Sophia Narrett’s Update on the Romantics,” The Portland Phoenix, Portland, ME, 30 May 2013.

 

Bob Keyes, “Uncommon Thread at Space Gallery,” Portland Press Herald, Portland, MA, 9 May 2013.

 

Jamie Thompson, “Sophia Narrett: I Was Dreaming This,” Artscope Magazine, May/June 2013.

 

Janna Rice, “Ordered Chaos at Jordan Faye Contemporary,” UrCity Magazine, Baltimore, MD, 9 Dec 2012.

 

Matthew Parrish, “Meet the Artists in Residence,” The Williamsport Sun Gazette, Williamsport, PA, 12 June 2011, p 10.


Awards

2010 The William and Alethe Weston Fine Arts Award, Brown University, Providence, RI

2010 Creative Arts Council Grant, Brown University, Providence, RI