Mary Tooley Parker “HOOKED”

The Untitled Space is pleased to present an online solo show of textile artworks by artist Mary Tooley Parker from April 10, 2024 through May 10, 2024. 

Mary Tooley Parker, a luminary in the realm of textile art, breathes life into wool and various fibers, wielding them as her palette to paint narratives and evoke emotions. Transitioning from a dynamic career in dance to the vibrant world of art production at prestigious magazines like Vanity Fair and GQ, Tooley Parker's journey took a decisive turn as she sought solace and inspiration in the tranquility of rural environments.

Born out of this new chapter emerged a profound fascination with textiles in diverse forms. Eventually, she found herself drawn to the rich tapestry of American folk art, particularly the craft of rug hooking, albeit with a distinctive twist—her creations transcended the conventional notion of rugs, becoming intricate textile artworks, each bearing a story of its own.

Tooley Parker's artistic arsenal is a testament to her eclectic approach, incorporating a medley of materials ranging from new and recycled wool to cotton and silk fabric, fleece, handspun yarn, and metallic fibers. Her deft hand in employing natural and synthetic dyes imbues her creations with a kaleidoscope of colors, each hue meticulously chosen to breathe life into her visions.

Her textiles have graced the halls of galleries and museums alike, leaving an indelible mark from New York City to London and Denmark, while finding sanctuary in esteemed public and private collections. Notable among these are her solo shows as well as group exhibitions, including participation in The Untitled Space group shows including "IRL: Investigating Reality," "ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE," and “UNRAVELED.” Museum exhibitions have further solidified her presence in the art world, with displays at the Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Arnot Art Museum, and MOCA Westport.