Mary Tooley Parker "American Graphic"
Mary Tooley Parker "American Graphic" 2015
Textile Art Weaving
Dimensions 29 x 24 x 1 in
Signed on verso, includes certificate of authenticity
Mary Tooley Parker is a textile maker using textiles as paint. She was awarded a 2015 Fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts. After a career in dance and then in art production at Vanity Fair and GQ magazines, Tooley Parker left New York City for a more rural environment. She then began pursuing an interest in textiles of different forms, eventually leading her to the indigenous American folk art of hooking “rugs.” Her hooked artwork focuses on realistic interpretations of people and nature whether from memories, dreams or visual images. Incorporated in her work are new and recycled wool, cotton and silk fabric, fleece, handspun and mill spun yarn, silk fiber and metallic fibers. She uses natural and synthetic dyes to create colors as needed.