Artist & Poet
Winner of our Fall 2015 Catalog cover, Jacqueline Dee Parker’s artwork, entitled Matriarch, celebrates a lineage of strong women. It was completed in 1997, following the birth of her daughter.
As a mixed media painter and a poet, Jacqueline Dee Parker’s work cross-pollinates, stirred by the correspondence between these art forms. Collage elements move her to build layers and texture and to respond to textual and cultural evidence, all the while engaged in a visceral construction of space.
Early life in the home of an architect and a violinist clearly influenced her aesthetic. Exposure to the art of architecture encouraged her interest in spatial relationships, taught her to read elevations and visualize their 3-D intentions, and, at construction sites, to appreciate the evolution of concept to form. Music played where words ended, roused layers of emotional response, and altered the sense of place and time. Together, these ingredients fostered an affinity for abstraction and design.
Parker is moved to construct spaces, and one of the main concepts that organize her work is the search for balance. Most of us search for balance in our lives, in mind, body, and spirit, and negotiate the horizontal, vertical, and other directional forces that shape human experience and orchestrate paths of movement and pursuit. Parker is interested in the idea of liminal space, a sensory threshold that bridges the conscious and the unconscious mind. Psychologically, this zone is associated with rites of the passage and the Jungian process of individuation; spiritually, it relates to the stages between life and death.
In her work, boundaries, borders, intersections, and thresholds allude to moments of ambiguity, transition, or passage. These stations of psychic space, lit upon by chance, plan, or circumstance, prompt visceral responses before a next move. Juxtaposition is an imposing force in contemporary culture, crowding the senses with wondrous layers of frequently discordant stimuli. The process of collage addresses this fact at the same time as it indulges her interest in language, history, and ephemera. www.JacquelineDeeParker.com (Click images below for a larger view)
Jacqueline Dee Parker was born in New York City and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in creative writing/painting and drawing from Louisiana State University. Her visual work resides in private and public collections around the U.S., and is represented by Ann Connelly Fine Art (LA), Diane Birdsall Gallery (CT), and Hooks-Epstein Gallery (TX). Her poems appear in journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, The Southern Review, Chelsea, and American Diaspora: Poetry of Exile, among others. Parker was awarded a juror’s prize in the 2009 Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition (Museum of the Gulf Coast), and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana State Division of the Arts.