SOPHIA ANTHONY: The Speaking Silence
Deasil presents The Speaking Silence, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Sophia Anthony.
Anthony uses 19th century portraiture techniques to bring focus to the prejudicial contexts of mugshots. With the goal of clinically documenting height, weight, race, and other identifying features, standard mugshots tend to fall grievously short of objectivity. Inversely, the traditional painting style of aristocratic portraiture has been used for centuries to invent or embellish the dignity and grandeur of the sitter. Working from actual booking photographs, Anthony renders her subjects in a warm, luminous color palette and a naturalistic hand. The figures in Anthony’s paintings sit in three-quarter profile in front of simply characterized interior spaces; their faces express frank reflection and a vivid spirit of presence. The Speaking Silence is a sensitive pursuit of the differences between sight and comprehension, and an opportunity to compassionately engage in the dialog around the justice system.
Sophia Anthony studied studio art and physics at Southwestern University. Her work has been exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery (Philadelphia,) and the Mckinney Art Center. She currently lives in Georgetown, TX.