March 15 – May 30, 2021
Virtual Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 14, 7pm (Register HERE)
Humans have an innate and powerful connection to the Earth. This fascinating connection is a vital concept I explore in my art. As our societies seem to move further and further from nature, I think it is increasingly important that we take a step back to consider our connections to the natural world. Nature is not political or constructed; it is not wrapped up in the societies and ideologies we have made for ourselves and convinced ourselves to be true. The natural world is a reminder of where we all come from and what we all share. It has the power to bring out human kindness and compassion, something that today’s world desperately needs.
As we face a global health crisis unlike any of us have seen in our lifetimes, many of us have found refuge in nature. When society seemed to grind to a halt, the plants and animals around us prospered and continued as if nothing had changed. Springtime animals and blossoms became a friendly reminder that time was still moving forward. On the many walks I have taken while in quarantine, I have found patterns or objects that interested me and created abstract works inspired by what I had seen. The final images stand on their own but remain reminiscent of the objects they draw from. From rotting wood and twisting branches to clay beaches and rocks, these abstractions focus on small details that often go overlooked, highlighting the complexity and intrigue of nature. I hope that this series of work will inspire a sense of wonder in the viewer and encourage people to take a closer look at the natural world around them.
Branches, 2020, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”, not for sale
Rotting, 2020, oil on canvas, 18” x 24”, not for sale
Barnacles, 2020, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”, $825
Clay Beach, 2020, chalk pastel, 18” x 24”, $300
Weathered, 2020, chalk pastel, 18” x 24”, $300
Fungi, 2021, oil on canvas, 24” x 36”, $500
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Daria Parsa is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History. She is currently based in Laurel, MD, and works primarily with oil paint or charcoal. Her work focuses on the connections between humans and the natural world. This past fall, she had her artwork on display at the Sandy Spring Museum in Makers Among Us, a group exhibition featuring emerging artists.