of Olivia Parker are photographic constructions, often using
found materials in a manner reminiscent of a 17th century still life
or the 19th century photographic arrangements by Paul Aubry.
Her photographs harken back to her training in art history and painting, where she was influenced by Dutch and Spanish still lifes. Her interest in these areas led to her consciousness of issues of light, texture and arrangement.
Equally important to her work is the painstaking process: Parker does her contact printing on silver chloride paper, then selenium tones for several minutes. The end result result is an image with subtle gradations of color, from beige or gray to very deep blacks.
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Weighing the Planets, 1984
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