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Heather Parnell





 





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PETRIFIED I. COMPRESSED CHARCOAL ON TISSUE. 40 X 50CM

















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"The banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? [...]

How are we to speak of these common things, how to track them down, how to flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they are mired, how to give them meaning, a tongue, to let them, finally, speak of what it is, who we are". – Georges Perec, Species of Spaces, 1974.


My studio practice is centred around an interest in the objects in our lives and their relationship to personal histories and geographies: the things we own and collect become signifiers for life events from the epic to the most banal. The objects I focus on are part of my everyday life, the familiar, the commonplace, and often overlooked.


I explore these objects via drawing, digital technology and their direct use, exploring ways to exploit the sensory qualities and properties of substances and materials to evoke meaning.



                                                                                     

I predominantly use the medium of pen and ink with the detail and the building up of shadows and depth with straight lines”.  The actual sizes of the pictures vary enormously. They all, however, no matter how large or small, contain the same singularly detailed and minute focused attention that I feel has become my hallmark.











PETRIFIED II. COMPRESSED CHARCOAL ON TISSUE. 60 X 80CM
















PETRIFIED III. COMPRESSED CHARCOAL ON TISSUE. 40 X 50CM