My love of mobiles inspired a second pilgrimage to Elizabeth Parker‘s booth at The Hudson River Exchange [Hudson, NY]. Each of her posts this week will showcase not only the many self-evident appealing qualities of her creations, but will also delve into her fascinating ideas about the intersections and interdependence of objects, space and memory. Her work makes you re-think the everyday forms that you live with and the spaces in which you live. Parker’s work makes the mundane an opportunity for delight—just wait and see what she does with the shadows on an office wall or how she reinvents a window frame to complement a view. At Ideasmyth HQ, we found her work prompted great perception expansion and we welcome hearing about any of your own revelations that her posts may trigger for you.
~Victoria C. Rowan, Ideasmyth Creatrix-in-Chief
Sociologist E. Doyle McCarthy wrote that “our identities may reside in objects more than they do in individuals,” and I spend a lot of time thinking about the built environment in that context. In a way, the plates and chairs, walls and alarm clocks we choose become parts of our identities. But as we grow comfortable with these objects or surfaces, we also stop seeing them; we experience the alarm clock as we tap its snooze button, but rarely register its precise shape any longer, its scratches, its colors…
Making these mobiles from walnut wood blocks, brass chain, and brass rod is my contemplative practice on the lines and forms that drive visual perception. The solid walnut forms are finished to an inky black and the lines of brass rod are sanded and polished, so that awareness of each mobile’s grain, edges, and arrangement appears or recedes from visibility as it moves.
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~~~Elizabeth Parker is a designer researching the intersection of perception, the built environment, and memory as they combine to shape identity. Originally with a background in political risk analysis, she completed her MFA in interior design from Parsons The New School for Design, where she now teaches. Her writings cover issues from the politicization of wall surface to political risk in Gabon. In 2014, Elizabeth founded ParkerWorks, a multidisciplinary studio exploring moments of discovery, balance, and attachment through the creation of meticulously handmade objects, usually out of wood, brass, and concrete.
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