jacqueline dee parker : any instant is the cosmos

Jacqueline Dee Parker, "Blue (in a Red State)," mixed media, 46 x 38.5 inches



Any Instant is the Cosmos, Jacqueline Dee Parker's latest Baton Rouge Gallery exhibition, sees the artist continue to utilize collage techniques to explore how "fragments of lived experience stir memory and associations, and offer the bricks and mortar for a visceral construction of psychic and emotional space." Utilizing papers from antique books and other ephemera, relics of human life and culture, her works integrate different sorts of accumulated language—verbal, visual, musical, and spatial.  She contemplates the horizontal, vertical, and other directional forces that shape experience and orchestrate paths of movement and pursuit.  "I think about transitions and thresholds, those charged moments of mystery, uncertainty, and possibility," she says. "Sentience and structure are intertwined, and I’m inspired to find their balance.” 

A BRG artist member since 1994, Parker was born in New York City and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. She has served as an instructor at Louisiana State University since 1993, and taught in the Department of English before joining the School of Art in 2003. Prior to life in Louisiana, she lived and worked as a freelance graphic layout artist in New York City, Boston, and Detroit. Her poems appear in many literary journals, including Atlanta Review, The Southern Review, and Chelsea, 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 was also the recipient of a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana State Division of the Arts.

This exhibition is presented alongside the latest works from Kelly A. Mueller and Nonney Oddlokken. It will be open to the public, free of charge, during normal gallery hours (12 - 6 p.m.) March 4 - 29, 2018.