Narrett's choice of media and their handling seems intensely appropriate, referencing both high culture and mundanity in what could be described as a soap-opera-inflected update on medieval tapestries of courtly love. Enriched by her suggestions of a volatile relationship to the environment, Narrett's works address the illusion of human self-sufficiency and independence in a post-natural world. Her strange combinations of alienation and union with nature through narrative are accretions of physical matter as well as hopes and fears. ^

"SOPHIA NARRETT: I WAS DREAMING THIS" | through June 21 | at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland | 207.828.5600 | space538.org

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