The Stridents delves into vocal and textual performances of lamentation and retreat featuring a series of text-based textile sculptures, the print series Say It's Ain't So and the sound installation Mirror for Recluses.
"Andrea Roberts' words are sculpted into laser-cut fabric mounted on silver powder-coated steel structures as though backed with the grisaille mesh patterns of stained glass windows and confession screens. Telling a story, recording a vision, writing a history, is to be caught somewhere between life and death, between lamentation and faith. Say it Ain't So articulates this temporal tension between preservation and loss, referencing one of the earliest methods of sound recording, the phonoautograph and its use of soot to index sound."
- Exhibition text by Emily Doucet from The Stridents at TRUCK Contemporary, 2017: