Studio Visit: Artist Sophia Narrett on How an Anonymous Renaissance Painting Cycle Inspired Her Latest Feminist Embroidery

Sophia Narrett at work in her studio. Photo courtesy of the artist

In her vibrant embroidered works, Sophia Narrett paints with thread, deftly creating detailed figurative scenes tinged with fantasy, desire, and eroticism.

Her tapestries take center stage this month in “Soul Kiss,” the New York artist’s first solo show at Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Her layered thread designs, almost Baroque in their complexity, present a fever dream of feminine sexuality, with women in ecstasy reveling in their freedom.

Narrett took up her unusual medium after earning a BA at Brown University and an MFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, both in Providence. Each work is unique, shaped not by the rectangular bounds of a canvas but by the scene that’s depicted, with embroidered figures and swaths of color jutting out in unexpected directions at the edges of the composition.

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