Sojourner Truth Parsons
Falling out of love with you
Acrylic on canvas
213,2 x 182 x 3,8 cm (83 7/8 x 71 5/8 x 1 1/2 in)
Signed and dated verso
For nearly ten years now, the paintings of Sojourner Truth Parsons have trafficked in the saturated and sensorial. Known for canvases that are as lucid as they are fragmentary, potent as they are unfixed, at the heart of Parsons’ practice is a concern with the psychic life of the everyday, delineating the feelings, forms and fantasies that structure our worlds.
Bodies, flora and fauna, the city around her, these forms recur across the Vancouver-born, New York-based artist’s work, indexes for the emotional acuities and atmospheric intensities that occupy her time in the studio. Whether rendering the dark heat of desire or the vacuous pull of despair, Parsons’ works dispense with distinctions between interior and exterior realms, nudging us instead toward a lexicon of the energetic and affective.
In Falling out of love with you, this tension comes into sharper focus, a gowned and gloved figure--noirishly stylized, the very projection of desire--gazing across the harbour toward Manhattan, a single long-stemmed rose in hand. Looser, prosaic florals anchor the edges of the canvas, set against a patchwork of crimsons and golds. These arrangements puncture the shield of night, suggesting a scene about to end, the veil of illusion giving way to other forms of beauty--perhaps less precise in their elegance, but awaiting us regardless.
– Matthew Hyland