Eunice Parsons, La Centenaire
Friday, March 4
Saturday, March 5
(Ms. Parsons in attendance)
In celebration of Eunice Parsons’ centennial year of 2016, we are delighted to present a limited edition portrait of the artist and host an exhibition of her collage works from 2006 to present. At the age of ninety-nine, Eunice works daily in her attic studio where she mines her vast paper stock to create bold juxtapositions that finely balance shape, line and color. Her work delights in formal relationships, texture and the torn edge.
Born in Colorado in 1916, Parsons grew up in Chicago and moved to Portland in 1938. A painter, printmaker and tilemaker, she is a co-founder of 12×16 Gallery in Portland and she taught at the Museum Art School (now Pacific Northwest College of Art) from 1957 to 1979. Her first collages were studies for paintings and prints, but she soon realized that these studies were often complete visual statements in their own right – with collage becoming her favored and eventually exclusive medium. Of the work Eunice says, “It satisfies me. I’m sure there are a hundred other ways to express yourself but collage is mine. It’s my raison d’être.”
The limited edition portrait of Eunice Parsons was commissioned by fellow artist Cary Doucette and made by photographer Kerry Davis. Eunice is cloaked in a composition assembled from her own paper collection, gathered over the years through her creative community and a lifetime of keen search and discovery. The robe was made by Cary Doucette, Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis to create a portrait of the artist, her materials and her medium. Each of this edition of 20 prints is numbered and signed by photographer Kerry Davis and subject Eunice Parsons. Archival pigment print, image size 8.75 x 13.5″ on 11 x 17″ cotton rag. $100