In her recent drawings, Jemima Parker has been methodically and meditatively exploring patterns and textures that she finds in her everyday surroundings; signs of age and disrepair such as weathered paint, aged concrete and rust. For Mostly Unobserved she has made a series of these drawings in the format of scaled-up microscope slides, zooming in on these patinated textures. They are presented in a suite of ten, vertically spanning the high gallery wall, rather like Donald Judd’s Stack (1967). Like Judd, Parker presents something very ordinary as something extraordinary and valuable, but Parker also presents us with two transformations- that of the urban material itself as it weathers and cracks; and that of the drawing, which translates the texture into one made up of thousands of dots of wavering density, suggesting the activity of the molecules, particles and even organisms that these textures are made up of.
Jemima Parker Urban Surface Studies, drawing, copic marker on stonehenge paper, each 75 x 25 cm Photo by Brenton McGeachie