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
In the previous post, I referred to the idiosyncracies of home (and our experiences in that place) which become a part of us. Many of those idiosyncracies are unintended: a broken tile or squeaky step. But what if those anomalies were intentional, and designed to connect us to that place even more? Here, a carved wall with gold leaf, tracking sun shadows over the year. The gilded shadow was traced at 7:02pm EST on March 21 from the shadow cast by a nearby window. Year-round, light reaches that gilded surface, except for twice a year, when the carved surface aligns with the sconce’s shadow.
See more of Elizabeth’s Featured Creative posts on our Ideablog
~~~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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