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October 9, 2019 I The Clarion
Arts & Life
Suellen Parker exhibits her
multimedia collection at BC
By Margaret Correll
Layout & Design
An art exhibition opened in Spiers Gallery
located in Sims Art Center on Oct. 4, 2019.
The artist, Suellen Parker, is represented by
Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and she
is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and
Design in Atlanta.
Parker’s work has been displayed in Aperture
Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art of
Georgia, Musee de TElysee in Switzerland and
Jackson Fine Art Atlanta. Her work has also
been published in the The New York Times
Magazine, Discover Magazine, the American
Photography juried annual and reGeneration: 50
Photographers of Tomorrow, Aperture.
Parker had many of her pieces from several
of her different collections displayed throughout
the gallery. Some of them displayed were “God
Has Given You Minds,” “Letting Go” and
“God Has Given You Minds” consists
of portraits of women in the US Congress.
The portraits feature democratic presidential
candidates Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris,
Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Nancy Pelosi and US Representative Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez. The women are clothed in
suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 1872 speech
“Our Young Girls.” They are decorated with
photos of documentation by Harris & Ewing of
the suffrage movement protests of Washington
DC in 1917.
Parker started sculpting as a hobby while
she attended school for photography. For her
portraits and collections she wanted to find a
way to incorporate both. “I started playing with
Photoshop and digital compositing and stuff like
that,” said Parker, “I figured out how to get my
sculpture in my photograph.”
Parker’s process for making the pieces
consist of sculpting and photoshop. “I make
the characters out of clay, photograph them and
photograph any other elements that I want in the
piece,” Parker said. “I sketch a lot to figure out
what I would want to do with the piece, I collage
everything together digitally and paint to make
them all seem together,” said Parker.
Suellen Parker’s works can be viewed at the
Spiers Gallery until Nov. 1,2019. Her work can
be viewed on her website, suellenparker.com.
Photo credit sullenparker.
Print from ‘Letting Go’ now on display at Spiers
Portrait of U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren now on
display at Spiers Gallery.
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