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
What are the qualities of place that linger in our memories? Wouldn’t we all recognize the wallpaper in our childhood room, or the particular smell of our first car? I think a lot about how those discrete, non-spatial qualities are remembered, and why those memories are so thick. For the last few years, when I have moved home or studio I have taken latex molds of them with me; a bit of metal ornament on the fireplace, a corner of door… here, the surfaces of floor, column, walls, and ceiling in a studio I am about to leave, the fourth floor of an old pillow factory with white brick walls, wooden floor, and striated ceiling tiles.
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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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