Katharine Mulherin is pleased to present Seven Songs, an exhibition of new works on paper by Sojourner Truth Parsons at our main space in Toronto from February 7-March 3, 2013.
"Seven Songs is a nod to the influence of music in my practice. I never work in silence, I always work in song, and derive imagery from music which I probably often misinterpret. Though I've been working in sculpture and text lately, I decided to show these drawings, each one part of a story I've come to know. In my work I deal with yin and yang, black and white, inequalities between the two or the three, magic, prayer, intention, the power of the mind, laughing and crying, and the merging of all these things into one. I don't see my process as separate from my practice, nor do I see my practice as separate from my life. I find beauty in a garbage can, meditation in the dying of the glue, vapors in the varnish, and I cut up laughing at the tragedy of it all. Through my work I aim to find a true expression of my experience."-Sojourner Parsons
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).
In her practice, Parsons puts an emphasis on process, and the processing of materials. She uses bold techniques of aging inks and papers, dying glues, and exploring the effects of temperature on materials. In doing so, she pays close attention to the depth of texture and pigment, brilliance and dullness, and the imbalance between excess and dearth, all qualities which are present in her narratives as well. Parson's drawings integrate tropes of mid twentieth century animation and popular metaphor, with original characters and imagery. They reveal narratives formed by a dense imagination, a sense of humour, and a deep consciousness of injustice in contemporary society.