MAIN SPACE EXHIBITION
JUNE 6 – JUNE 28, 1997
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 1997 AT 8 PM
ARTIST TALK: SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 1997 AT 2 PM
LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA
SURFACING is an installation of sculptural textile works integrating costume, installation, objects and writing representing the complexities of self-portraiture. Parke serves as the central character of this work through which she explores various personae and addresses her position as a middle-class, white female, faced with issues of how self-image is constructed through complex interrelationships with the media, food and love. Text is central to both the performances and the object works. Each text combines humour and poignancy within various layers of narrative. The script alone, however, does not reveal the strong presence of Parke the performer, and her articulation of the text/poetry which lend tremendous power to the work. The performances are visually and conceptually engaging and they combine intelligent research, humour and life experience in moving and insightful ways.
EMILY PARKE is a Calgary artist whose training includes fashion design, stagecraft, textiles and business. She graduated from the ACAD textiles department in 1994. While developing an inter-disciplinary practice that combines installation, performance and writing, Parke has consistently exhibited her work nationally.