Mary Tooley Parker "Katie Mae Pettway, Gee's Bend Quilter"
Mary Tooley Parker "Katie Mae Pettway, Gee's Bend Quilter" 2020
Dimensions: 15in x 15in
Signed on Verso, Includes Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Mary Tooley Parker is a textile maker using textiles as paint. She was awarded a 2015 Fellowship from 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. Working in the simple medium of rug hooking affords Parker a strong connection not only to the fibers running through her fingertips, but also to the women who used this medium and other fiber mediums to express themselves during difficult times and with limited materials. Recent exhibitions include ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE at The Untitled Space.
Learn more about her artwork and exhibitions on our website.
This artwork is currently featured in The Untitled Space group show " UNRAVELED: Confronting The Fabric Of Fiber Art" On View at The Untitled Space from April 17 - May 28th, 2021. For more info visit: https://untitled-space.com/