~ statement ~

I have always desired a sense of privacy with my work. I also feel the sense of being public-spirited and open to shared experiences. I am interested with this idea: I attempt creating, I make, I try to form connections, balance. I use the making, the creation, as an antecedent to social commonplace. The object, the material, and the human element create harmony within a space or the object's space to nurture contemporaneity. 

The activity that occurs around an art object changes in relation to context of the space. The space changes often at a slower or alternative pace than what happens socially around it. The object itself elevates or displaces, yet is binding. In part I am attempting to bring the circumstances to a pace more kin to the art object itself in any context. 

I often create a piece with aspects of automatism, with reworking, accentuating elements to emphasize a pointing to conscious thought that the automatic element and the material engender. 

~ bio ~

Born in Madison, Indiana, Jonathan D. Parks is an interdisciplinary artist; typically working in encaustic, wood, metal, and watermedia. The artist often chooses materials which are reclaimed, repurposed, reused and environmentally responsible. He received his MFA in Studio Arts in 2007 from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania and his BFA in Painting in 2003 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Currently Jonathan lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.