I am choosing this awesome "Flashback" from October 2011 because Sophia's work ROCKS and her new work is even more compelling and she is the subject pf my next future heirlooms interview. So get excited and read on...
I came to the work of artist Sophia Narrett through my curatorial work as she was one of the artists featured in PLAY. I immediately loved her work, it has a wonderful sense of both honesty and playfulness. I meant to feature her here well before this moment so am glad she let me know about her participation in some upcoming exhibits to remind me of how awesome she and her work is.
Like I said Sophia herself is pretty awesome. I found her to be very sweet and gracious to work with. What I love about her work is that it is also sweet... and vulnerable. And also has disco references!!
She combines "hobby" store goodies with funky embroidery to comment on the complexity of love and romance. I love her use of bright, even neon, colors and non precious materials such as fake feathers, puffy paint, and artificial leaves.
Her style of illustration is a very "in the now" hip style. And don't let the pictures deceive you the work is actually on a pretty large scale. I mean not huge but bigger then you think.
In a recent feature she said:
Romantic love transforms life, allowing people to move beyond the loneliness and pain typical of human existence. In a world of fear and isolation, love is everything we can want. With this work I use embroidery and fabric paint to approach the monumental concepts of beauty, love and meaning.
I capitalize on the communicative power of symbols and color by using a language of love signifier and clichés. Disco music describes the euphoric, glitzy kind of love I imagine, and the multi-colored disco floor can be a bed, a stage, a source of sublime light, a garden, or a cage. While suns, computers, and disco balls radiate truth, rainbows frame mini-landscapes, which act as doorways to new possibilities.
See more here.