Friday, August 20, 2010
Sojourner-Truth Parsons's work considers the intersection of magic, acculturation, feelings and sexuality. With references to both folk art tradition and witchcraft, her work straddles the tenuous line between make-believe and healing in confronting histories that feel borrowed, but are, in fact, inherited. Her works address a simultaneous identification with and desire for the other, with a familiar, but out-of-reach sense of ritual, spiritualism and community. Working with readily available materials such as cardboard, white glue and scrap leather, Parsons's sculptures, performances and photographs cast deliberately fraught narratives marked by specters of belief and magical intensity.