New in Saint Mark’s Gallery: Art of Joan Parsons

Artist Statement

Experimentation is a big part of my effort. Going into the studio with an open mind I wait until various elements “speak” to me. It does not take long before I reach for a certain colored fabric, a piece of corrugated cardboard, an art book, a scrap of stuff that has found its way to the floor. The next trick is to be clever and arrange these divergent items into a cohesive whole. That does not always occur so the piece is set aside for another time, another inspiration, or maybe never to be worked on again.

It always seems to be haphazard – no guarantees. Random seems to be my companion. And a happy surprise usually awaits me! The plus side is an enjoyable experience whether or not there is a successful “product.” Then the process continues. Look at an old painting or fiber piece and decide to improve it with more paint or collage over it. Time flies by. What has been accomplished?


To create is an energizing and compelling experience, one that I would not want to miss. Sometimes I wonder why I do it over and over. Well, I think the answer to that is that I CANNOT stop. My inner voice or compulsion is strong and it motivates me to keep going. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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