This current series of drawings began as an interest in defining my personal belief system in terms of mythic images. I have always been fascinated by mythologies from both my own ancestry and from foreign cultures. However, I was raised by an atheist father and agnostic mother and have never felt a strong connection to any particular mythic tradition. I feel that as a result of this disconnection I have been trying to define myself in mythic terms through my drawings for most of my life.
This most recent series of drawings I have bound into hand made books reminiscent of codices of ancient myths. I have tried to suggest a narrative through this format, though in most cases it does not follow in a linear format. I wanted each piece to contain a series of images in which the major Icons could reformulate in consecutive compositions. I want each book to be seen as a cohesive whole as well as a set of individual drawings.
There is a consistent dualistic theme in these drawings represented by organic and mechanical images (human and machine, nebulous and contained). There is a constant conflict between humanoid figures and there mechanical counterparts. At the same time each is becoming the other, trading places in rotating game of recombination of organic and inorganic. In this technological age I feel this interaction with machinery has become pervasive in so many of our lives. My own relationship with communication and transportation technologies has been one of resistance and seduction.
A second dualistic theme in these drawings is a relationship between a multiplicity of beings and megalithic oneness. It many times plays out through a sequence of drawings in which a singular entity splits into a multiplicity that become micro aspects of the one, and then ultimately each individual becomes its own macro-entity; having the potential to split again and again.
Artist Bio / CV
Sam Parker was born in 1975, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he spent his formative years writing graffiti and learning how to draw and paint. He began his undergraduate work at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1992 but dropped out in 1994 to move to Atlanta Georgia to pursue his career as a graffiti writer and professional tattooist. In 1995 Sam began tattooing professionally, a career that he has maintain to this current day. Sam finished his undergraduate degree in 2004 at Kennesaw State University with a BFA in drawing and painting.
In 2007 he was accepted into the MFA program at Georgia State University where he received his degree in Drawing and painting in May of 2010. Sam continues to work in his Atlanta studio, exhibiting his drawings, paintings and sculptures regularly in local galleries as well as nationally.