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Sophia Narrett
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work is ultimately about love. I try to honestly depict my fantasies, desires and fears in a way that does justice to my feelings, while also pursuing an awareness of the social implications of images. Each piece begins as a narrative premise shaped by my experiences or thoughts. I then illustrate these stories by embroidering from collages built with source images gathered on the internet, iphone photos I’ve taken, and screenshots from movies or tv. The original context of the images provides a way to complicate the initial narrative and to connect to larger social situations. The commitment it takes to render images in thread becomes a way to imbue the object itself with the emotional content of the story. I want to depict confusing interactions between people, especially those that let imagination and desire blur reality and involve some kind of roleplay. I’m interested in the ways that adults play, whether their games are consensual or manipulative, and the emotional results of escapism.
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Education
2014 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2014 Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Painting, Providence, RI
2010 Brown University, BA with Honors in Visual Art, magna cum laude, Providence, RI


Solo Exhibitions
2016 Early in the Game, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
2016 Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
2015 This Meant Nothing, Arts+Leisure, New York, NY
2013 I Was Dreaming This, Space Gallery, Portland, ME
2012 Even When It’s Hard To See, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2011 The Higher They Rise the Higher They Are, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI
2010 Love Sleep, Gallery 210, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI


Group Exhibitions
2017
2017 International Textile Biennial, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, South Holland
2016
it started with a rose, 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Cecilia Salama
Material Cultures, BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, Jennifer Gerow, and Jordana Munk Martin
Fourth Wall, Booth Gallery, New York, NY
Ladies Babies Hades, Collar Works, Troy, NY
Nature Gone Wrong, Drive By Projects, Watertown, MA


2015
(Em)Power Dynamics, The Gateway Project, Newark, NJ, Curated by Jasmine Wahi
Your Bad Self, Arts+Leisure, New York, NY
Pussy Don't Fail Me Now, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY, Three Person Show with Kenya (Robinson) and Doreen Garner
Dear Mama, The Department of Signs + Symbols, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Jacques Smith and Rachel Libeskind


2014
EXTRACT IV, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark
Le Show Des Amis, SHOW ROOM, Brooklyn, NY
Wanderers in a Sea of Smog, Katrina Van Tassel Projects, New York, NY, Curated by Christian Ruiz Berman
New Contemporaries, Gelman Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI, Curated by Mark Moscone
RISD 2014 MFA Painting, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY
RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, RI Convention Center, Providence, RI
Garden, Drive-By Projects, Watertown, MA
Paint, Pattern, Print, Texture, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
The Last Brucennial, 837 Washington Street, NY
Reading Room, Gelman Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI, Curated by Seojung Min and Wangui Maina
50/50 : artist/context, Gelman Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI, Curated by Chloe Lee and Minkyoung Kim


2013
Urban Eroticism, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
Show #8, The Parlour Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
Time After Time, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
The Sublime Revisited, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
At Your Leisure, 111 Front Street Gallery 200, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Masha Firunts


2012
Too Big to Fail, Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI
These Favorite Things, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
End of Days, Mixed Greens, New York, NY
Love, The Arthur M. Berger Art Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY


2011
Residue: The 22nd Drawing Show, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA Curated by Steven Holmes
Public Art Academy Artist in Residence Exhibition, The Pajama Factory, Williamsport, PA
Oops! On Purpose, Grey Gallery, Williamsport, PA
Play, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Joetta Maue
Spring Arts Festival, The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI


2010
Annual Senior Show, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
The Creative Flow, Brown/RISD Hillel Gallery Project, Providence, RI, Juried by Visual Art Faculty


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
2016-2017 Museum of Arts and Design Artist Studios Program, New York, NY
2016 Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
2015 DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2011 Public Art Academy, The Pajama Factory, Williamsport, PA
2011 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Text
Casey Lesser, "16 New York Gallery Shows Where You’ll Find Exciting Young Artists This October," Artsy, 30 Sept 2016.
Andrew Salomone, "Brooklyn Textile Artists Weave a Delicate Social Fabric," The Creators Project, 28 Sept 2016.
Laura Grasso, "In the Studio: Sophia Narrett," TEQUILA & DENIM, 18 Sept2016.
Scott Indrisek, "LOOSE THREADS: What We Talk About When We Talk About The Bachelor," Early in the
Game Exhibition Catalog 17 Sept 2016, p 133-138.
Michael Anthony Farley, "This Week’s Must See Art Events: Cuban Death Metal Sci-Fi, Art Book Fairs, and More," Art F City, 13 Sept 2016.
Sara Softness, "On Religion, and Other Stories," Material Cultures Exhibition Catalog, 7 Sept 2016.
Sophia Narrett, Sophia Narrett on Edgar Degas, Painters on Paintings, 18 July 2016.
Liisa Silander, "Following the Thread," RISD XYZ, Spring/Summer 2016.
Marie Salomé Peyronnel, "Brode, Tisse, Aime," GRAZIA France, 29 Apr - 5 May 2016.
Genista Jurgens, "On Hand: Sophia Narrett," format magazine, 11 Apr 2016.
“Sophia Narrett,” Silence is Accurate, Jan 2016.
"The 2015 New American Paintings Reader's Choice Winner Is...," New American Paintings Blog, 25 Jan, 2016.
Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, "Arts Review: Art of Élan brings sounds of music to Lux Art Institute in Encinitas," La Jolla Light, 18 Feb, 2016.
Michael James Rocha, "At Lux, Sophia Narrett pushes the limits of thread," San Diego Union Tribune, 22 Jan 2016.
Tyrrell Winston, "Sophia Narrett Studio Visit," MTV RE:DEFINE, 5 Nov 2015.
Rain Embuscado, "13 Female Artists Re-Imagine America at Gateway Project Spaces," artnet News, Sunday, September 13, 2015.
Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, "Season 9 Brings Edgy Artists to Lux Art Institute," La Jolla Light, 4 Aug, 2015.
Ilsoon Jeon, "'Pussy Don’t Fail Me Now' at Cindy Rucker Gallery," Arte Fuse, 22 July, 2015.
Diane Y. Welch, "Lux Art Institute Announces Eclectic Line-up for Season Nine", Encinitas Advocate, 16 July, 2015.
James Chute, "Lux announces 2015-16 artist residencies," The San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July, 2015.
Katherine Brooks, "Embroidered Paintings Conjure Fantasy Mashup Of 'The Bachelor' And 'OITNB,'" The Huffington Post, 26 Jun 2015.
Jillian Steinhauer, "Hand-Stitched Fantasies of Reality TV," Hyperallergic, 25 Jun 2015.
Allie Biswas, "Sophia Narrett: ‘I see the sewing process as akin to drawing,'" Studio International, 24 Jun 2015.
Alison Martin, "Sophia Narrett's series of embroideries tell intricate love story," Examiner.com, 5 Jun 2015.
Audra Lambert, "Meaning + Process at Sophia Narrett's Art + Leisure Solo Show 'This Meant Nothing,'" Art Nerd New York, 2 Jun 2015.
Kat Herriman, "Sophia Narrett's Common Threads," W Magazine, 21 May 2015.
Liz Von Klemperer, "Sophia Narrett: Turns “Women’s Work” into Beautifully Disturbing Landscapes," Art Report, 1 May 2015.
"Sophia Narrett ‘Paints’ With Wool In Her Romantic Embroideries," Beautiful/Decay, 13 Apr 2015.
New American Paintings, MFA Issue 117 Curated by Anna Stothart, Apr 2015/May 2015.
Katherine Brooks, "The Heavenly Union Of Painting And Embroidery, Courtesy Of Artist Sophia Narrett," The Huffington Post, 12 Aug 2014.
"Sophia Narrett's Colorfully Embroidered Narratives," Juxtapoz Magazine, 14 Aug 2014.
Bill Van Siclen, "RISD grad show at Convention Center through May 31," The Providence Journal, 22 May 2014.
Greg Cook, "A Diverse Display: Eight standouts at the "RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2014," The Providence Phoenix, 21 May 2014.
Sarah Cascone, "Final Brucennial Opens With Beer, Bacon, and Bullish Performance Art," artnet News, 8 Mar 2014.
Jillian Steinhauer, "Do It Yourself and Do It Well at Fountain Art Fair," Hyperallergic, 7 Mar 2014.
Britta Konau, “Sophia Narrett’s Update on the Romantics,” The Portland Phoenix, Portland, MA, 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.
Alissa Tallman, Stitches Magazine, Trevose, PA, Mar/Apr 2013, p 44.
Joetta Maue, “Future Heirlooms-Sophia Narrett,” Mr. X Stitch, 5, Apr 2013, http://www.mrxstitch.com/.
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.


Collections
The Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Brown University Creative Arts Council


Awards
2016 New American Paintings Reader’s Choice Artist of 2015
2010 The William and Alethe Weston Fine Arts Award, Brown University, Providence, RI
2010 Creative Arts Council Grant, Brown University, Providence, RI

 








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