Sophie Sanders: Ophelia Rising
Exhibition Dates: October 28th-December 18th
Reception for the artist: Wednesday, October 30th from 4-6 in the Roger Williams Gallery
Gallery Hours: W-F, 12-3pm
Image: Ophelia Rising: Root , photopolymer intaglio, 23” x 16.5”
Ophelia Rising is a series that focuses on women’s gestures framed by the space of a bathtub, a locus of intimacy suggestive of the womb, and drawn from art historical paintings by late 19th Century artists Sir John Everett Millais and others. This series explores the tragic character Ophelia, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In the prints of Ophelia, Sanders interpolates this character into a contemporary context. Ophelia is represented in various prints by young women of color, a middle-aged Semitic woman, and two elder women of various races. Ophelia is transformed from the teenage victim of insanity and suicide into a woman who claims her sensuality, her courage in facing many attacks human rights and freedoms, and a person who experiences the full cycle of life.
About Sophie Sanders
Sophie Sanders is an artist, art historian, and curator. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from the School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, MO; an MFA in Printmaking from the Slade School of Art, University College London, England; and a Ph.D. in Art History from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has shown her figurative and pattern-based fiber artworks, prints, and paintings nationally in Venice Beach and Oakland, California, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York City, and internationally in London, Scotland, and Japan. In 2017, her work was featured in the exhibition Message to Our Daughters at Philadelphia’s City Hall and Danny Simmons' Rush Gallery. In 2018, Sanders was a featured artist on the Woodmere Art Museum's podcast about the Woodmere Annual, Diving Board.