New Work on View
In this latest addition to Mary Jane Parker’s body of work, the artist explores layered, ephemeral imagery of the human body and elements from life that are inherently reflective of time. She uses a variety of media including glass, wax, lace, photography, and botanical imagery to compose thoughtful moments to reflect.
”Concepts of fragility, compulsion and ritual are recurring themes in my work. Using the figure as a starting point, I pair it with other items, often lace and botanical specimens, which I find intriguing because of their innate ability to hold history and memory in their form. As I make each piece, whether I am using encaustic painting or fused glass, one element will often emerge stronger than the other and vice versa. The process of ‘making’ often reveals to me what the work is about which I find fascinating.” - Parker
Parker’s work has been shown nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the LSU Museum of Art, and the Center for Book Arts in New York, as well as in numerous private collections. She was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2007; a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in 1990 and 2001, a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Award for Excellence, and an NEA Independent Study Fellowship. She is on the visual arts faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.