By Paul Fontaine, VPA Publicity and Marketing Intern
Worcester State University Visual and Performing Arts Professor Stacey Parker recently created and displayed a series of a unique three-dimensional objects titled “Luminaries” as part of a multi-artist exhibition at the Aurora Gallery, on 660 Main Street in Worcester. The exhibition ran from Sept. 9 to 30, 2016.
Parker and five other artists who participated in the exhibition, titled “Material Needs,” were all given $600 in grants from ArtsWorcester to create works of art to display. Parker used the grant to purchase art supplies and simple materials for the creation of the art works.
The art pieces symbolize Parker’s reaction to observing the constant overload of information directed at individuals every day. Each piece is illuminated from the inside to highlight text placed on the outside of the piece.
“There is a lot of information coming at us, and so much of it is false, twisted, full of agendas and just plain wrong,” she said. “This body of work takes some of that information and cuts it up, removing it from its original context and reorganizing it, then illuminating it to highlight the absurdity of it.”
Parker created the artworks from wood, plastic, basket making reeds, white tissue paper, Elmer’s glue, lighting kits and newspaper text.
“I work with all types of materials making all types of art,” she said. “I choose the materials and the type of art depending on the idea.”
“I find inspiration everywhere, from current issues to things I see,” Parker continued. “Sometimes my work is personally motivated and sometimes it’s more motivated by outside issues.”
When asked how she measures success as an artist, Parker said, “Success as an artist is complicated to break down. For me, I find success when I create art that makes people talk about it, that people connect to, that makes them question.”
Parker advises all current and future students to continue to learn and not to expect success with their first art project.
“You have to make multiple things, screw up, get frustrated and move past it to learn discover, and grow as an artist,” she said. “Being an artist isn’t easy, but for those who have to create, it is the most rewarding thing in the world.”