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Colby Parsons
Associate Professor of Art
Department of Visual Arts
Program Area: Ceramics
Contact: cparsons@twu.edu


Professional Preparation
M.F.A. - Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
B.Ph. - Miami University, Ohio

Profile
Colby Parsons teaches ceramics courses and has been a member of the faculty since 1998. Between receiving his two degrees, Colby worked as the potter for a small production pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio. His current work in clay is sculptural, often making use of found objects and other material in addition to clay. The vocabulary of form for these sculptures is derived from various industrial and domestic implements and objects.

Artwork
I make sculpture that explores the transformative potential at the intersection of physical material and digital media.  My background in ceramics gives me an aesthetic based in raw materiality, however I am also fascinated with the potential of new media to add motion and different kinds of interactivity to what is usually a static form of expression.  This investigation has taken a variety of forms which often combines sculptural elements with digital video projections.  In all of these works, I am taking something I consider ordinary, something that is not particularly noteworthy or interesting, and transforming it into a visual spectacle using the filmic illusion of animation.  This act draws attention not only to the way we place value on certain objects or experiences over others, but also considers our visual interpretation of reality itself.

Colby Parsons Artwork Photos


a. Cloud / sculpture with video / 2008
b. Watercube / sculpture with video / 2006
c. Window / sculpture / 2007

Events and Accomplishments

TWU Ceramics Faculty Colby Parsons has an exhibition entitled Convergence at the Living Arts Gallery in Tulsa, OK.  The work on display is a multimedia installation of video projections onto ceramic form.  The show will be up from April 4 to April 24 with an opening ceremony April 4 from 6-9.

TWU Ceramics Faculty Colby Parsons has a solo show at Brookhaven College in the Studio Gallery. Parsons' works consist of wall-mounted three dimensional ceramic sculpture with digital video projections.  The reception will be held January 30 from 6 to 8 pm.

Colby Parsons has work included in a group show "New Directions" at the Lacoste Gallery in Concord, MA. His ceramic and video  mixed media work is featured in an article on ArtDaily.org.

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