By Damaris Lasa
Jacqueline Dee Parker is the winner of the New York Open Center’s Fall 2015 Catalog Art Contest.
Parker has a fascinating background that informs her multidisciplinary work, and inquisitive aesthetic themes. Read on to discover five interesting things about her, and get a deeper glimpse into the life of this captivating artist.
Artistic Roots. Parker’s love of combining multiple artistic disciplines began early on in her personal life – after growing up in a home with an architect and a violinist. Being exposed to both helped her to develop and appreciate a broad ranging relationship with art – with architecture helping her to develop spatial relationships, while music offered a non-linguistic emotional response, with a very different relationship to space and time.
A Painter and a Poet. Parker is both a mixed-media visual artist, and a poet, and her early artistic studies established a foundation in both of these areas. She holds a BA and an MFA in creative writing, with a secondary emphasis on painting and drawing.
A Passion for Education. As well as being a prize-winning poet and contemporary artist, she has also taught others as an instructor in both disciplines – teaching in the Department of English at Louisiana State University, before teaching in the School of Art in 2003.
The Quest for Balance. One of the most intriguing topics she explores in her work is the notion of space – and she uses her multi-disciplinary talents to cover this in great detail. Parker looks at constructing spaces, and then explores how we might search for balance in them – by investigating the boundaries, borders and intersections between spaces, through the juxtaposition of discordant and varied stimuli.
Parker uses a diverse selection of media in her work, creating collages to build layers of texture, and construct a deeply visceral form of space. Her work often includes a mixture of acrylic paint and vintage paper, amongst other materials.