Olivia Parker (1989-03-10)

Olivia Parker
Practice: Photography
Date of Lecture: 1989-03-10

Parker_Olivia_w01Devil’s Tea Party, (1981) © Olivia Parker

Olivia Parker graduated from Wellesley College in 1963 with a degree in Art History. She began her career painting works inspired by 17th century Dutch and Spanish still lifes. Sometime around 1970, her interest in light and texture pushed her towards experimentation with photography.

Parker first worked exclusively in large-format black and white photography and later moved on to Polaroid and Cibachrome materials. She has had more than one hundred and forty solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and her work is represented in major private, corporate and museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester. Three monographs of her work have been published to date.

She is best known for her “photographic constructions”, an on-going series of images which walk the line between collage, assemblage and still life painting. These photographs incorporate an assortment of found and bought objects often set against elaborately prepared backgrounds. Parker’s work calls on traditions such as Surrealist collage and 19th century photographic arrangements of Paul Aubry. Recently Olivia Parker has begun using her photographs as source material for digital-image works.

Additional Link: http://oliviaparker.com/