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
I mentioned in a previous post E. Doyle McCarthy’s comments on how identity resides in objects as well as individuals. Pictured above are two photographs of a form bridging the typologies of object and individual (physical body): a plaster mold made of the space between two hands when whistling. This utterly foreign form of a very familiar act is, at once, an object but also a copy of the body that created it.
I use the term “self-spaces” to describe, roughly, the nooks and crannies that are inside our so-called personal bubbles yet outside our physical bodies. These are spaces of air that, for the most part, we treat as inviolable parts of ourselves, even though they are really just “empty” space. It is in these protected spaces that the strangeness of identity, and the conditional nature of knowing, seem most evident to me.
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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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