Susan Farrar Parrish
In my new body of work, I express my growing concern and awareness of our symbiotic bond with the earth. My work, in paintings and in clay, has long been inspired by nature. At this time in my life, as an artist and as a person on this Earth, I am interested in expanding my relationship to the earth from not merely that of an admirer to that of a supporter. In words attributed to Chief Seattle (Seathl) "We are part of the Earth and it is part of us...the Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth...Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."
In this body of work, I expand my long time use of clay. I continue to use clay as a base for the application of small found objects. Adding to this other larger found objects makes the work more sculptural and interesting. This is my minuscule way of contributing to the care of the environment.