Theda Sandiford: Big Mouth

Exhibition Run Dates: September 6- 29th

LOCATION: Art House Productions; 62 17th St, Jersey City, NJ

JC Friday Preview: Friday, September 6, 5:00-8:00pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 5:00-8:00pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Sunday, September 15, 1:00-3:00pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Saturday, September 21, 1:00-3:00pm

Big Mouth is a collection of one-sided conversations. As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well-meaning friends or co-workers say or do something insensitive.

As a child, my father would say to me, “Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt”. So in keeping my mouth shut, I learned, to be seen, and selectively heard.

With ‘Big Mouth’, I am all of it. The sass, the crass, the erudite and more than that aware. Aware of the language used to quiet me down. To remind me of what is, and most importantly, what isn’t being said. 

Thanks to Big Mouth… look who has the last word now.

“Neon Auto Tune” Theda Sandiford Digital Collage on Metallic Photo Paper, AP 14″x11″m 20″x16″ framed

Big Mouth On View

Catch Big Mouth on View at Paradigm Talent Agency NYC Office through the end of February

This body of work is a collection of one sided conversations. As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well meaning friends or co-workers say or do something incorrect or insensitive.

As a child, my father would say to me, “Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt”. So in keeping my mouth shut, I learned, to be seen, and selectively heard.

With ‘Big Mouth’, I am all of it. The sass, the crass, the erudite and more than that, aware. Aware of the language used to quiet me down. To remind me of what is and most importantly, what isn’t being said.

Digital Big Mouths- New Metallic Photo Prints

My status as “other” does not always grant the luxury to say what is truly there for me, to correct a slight or present an alternative point of view. I have to be vigilantly self aware, and know the right time to speak up or how to frame my words so that they can be received in the best possible light. Sharing my uncensored opinion can quickly get me labeled as being “too big in a room” or worse an “Angry Black Woman”. When that happens, full stop. My opinion is dismissed outright. Somewhere along the way, I’ve even stopped correcting people who mispronounce my name. It’s Thee-duh if you are interested.

11″x14″ print in frame, 20″x16″ total size.

Window Display, Down The Shore

Ever been advised to keep your “big mouth shut” and remain silent? Or to be mindful how “big In The Room” you are?
Well, I say to hell with that. Say what needs to be said. Do you…