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I’ve been following the work of Olivia Parker ever since David R. Godine published the first book of her work, Signs of Life, in 1978. If you didn’t see her career retrospective at the Peabody Essex Museum this fall, you’re too late. You missed an amazing exhibition, but you can still enjoy this catalog of that show
Dale— From Order of Imagination
For more than forty years, Olivia Parker's poetic and alluring photographs have transformed the everyday and made the familiar strange. In deceptively simple still lives and complex, dreamlike constructions that incorporate a rich variety of found objects, her photographs create unexpected juxtapositions that provoke uncertainty and delight. Parker's longstanding fascination with flux and change extends to her most recent series, a powerful meditation on the devastating loss of her husband to Alzheimer's disease.
This volume, the definitive study of Parker's career, includes curator Sarah Kennel's detailed artistic biography and poet and essayist Rachel Hadas's reflections on art's ability to offer solace amidst grief. More than one hundred beautifully illustrated works, many of which are published here for the first time, are accompanied by Parker's lyrical reflections on her art and process.
This publication accompanies the exhibition Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker on view at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, from July 13 to November 11, 2019.