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Meaning + Process at Sophia Narrett’s Arts + Leisure solo show, “This Meant Nothing”

The Rose Ceremony, Sophia Narrett, 2014, Arts + Leisure: "This Meant Nothing"

The Rose Ceremony, Sophia Narrett, 2014, Arts + Leisure: “This Meant Nothing”

Desire is a potent force in Narrett’s threaded creations on display at Arts + Leisure for her solo show, This Meant Nothing, on view through June 28. Figures woven into colorfully detailed scenes pursue and evade one another, while vignettes of lustful and decadent acts are interspersed throughout the picture plane. The undone threads hanging from the images belie a sense of incompleteness and unfulfilled longing. It’s surprising how these tactile and coarsely depicted images can create a striking affect: somehow through the flatness of the fabric the situations adopt an unnerving hyper-reality.

The Rose Ceremony (detail 2), Sophia Narrett, 2014, Arts + Leisure, "This Meant Nothing"The Rose Ceremony (detail 2), Sophia Narrett, 2014, Arts + Leisure, "This Meant Nothing"

“The Rose Ceremony (detail 2), Sophia Narrett, 2014, Arts + Leisure: “This Meant Nothing”

Narrett’s complex narratives are woven through revelations and concealed gestures, subtle placement and deft use of fabric as an expressive medium. She riffs on society’s obsession with manufactured emotion and romance: even the protagonist’s sense of uncovering ‘authentic’ love needs the schema of The Bachelor’s forced romantic backdrop in order to unfold. By combing through the darker side of society’s glamorous expectations, Narrett traces the “overwrought” circumstance of luxury and fulfillment through the indistinct images produced in her embroidery. The wistful feeling produced by these creations is unmistakable and leaves quite an impression on the viewer, art aficionado or casual onlooker.

Sophia Narrett, Stars Align, 2014, Arts + Leisure: "This Meant Nothing"

Sophia Narrett, Stars Align, 2014, Arts + Leisure: “This Meant Nothing”

 

This Meant Nothing is on view at Arts + Leisure gallery, 1571 Lexington Ave between 100th & 101st Streets in New York City, through June 28, 2015. For more details, check out Arts + Leisure: http://www.artsandleisure.net/projects/sophia-narrett

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