SOJOURER TRUTH PARSONS: SEVEN SONGS: February 7 - March 3, 2013
Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects is pleased to present Seven Songs, new mixed media works by Sojourner Truth Parsons. For this exhibition, Parsons' delicate, complex imagery derives largely from songs, and her close connection to a community of musicians. These intimate works on paper show the artist's skillful hand in wrinkled, richly ink-stained pieces that are torn, cut and glued, feeling simultaneously fragile and powerful. Parsons' emphasis on materials and process reflects how her work grows out of daily, lived experience, and the beauty she finds in both the mundane and the mythic.
Parsons' multifaceted studio practice encompasses sculpture, photography, installation and collaboration. She utilizes techniques of aging inks and papers, dying glues, and exploring the effects of temperature on materials. In doing so, she pays close attention to texture and pigment, brilliance and dullness, and the imbalance between excess and absence, qualities which are also present in her narratives. Parsons' drawings integrate tropes of mid-twentieth century animation with original characters and imagery. They reveal narratives formed by a dense imagination, humour, and a consciousness of social justice.
Sojourner Truth Parsons is an artist based in Toronto, Canada. Since 2007 she has exhibited throughout North America, Most Recently at Mulherin + Pollard (New York) and A1C Gallery (St. Johns, NL). Parsons has toured with neo-folk band Tasseomancy, creating site-specific installations at venues across Europe. She holds a BFA from NSCAD University (Halifax).