children’s books, tape, fishing line
In Golden Totem, Parsell finds comfort in and gives meaning to both savored and discarded remnants of childhood--Little Golden Books. She stacks the found stories rich with images from her own innocent and carefree youth to create a sacred object shared by her generation. The tower of unrestricted dreams, though, is not solid. Like memory, it wavers over time, altered by new people and other narratives, becoming not only a symbol for the artist's history, but also for a shared mythic past.
manipulated children’s books
In Wavering Wonders, the pages of Disney picture books are manipulated to form undulating landscapes of color rich with the palette of childhood. But the text and images are unreadable, only existing through the artist's and viewer's memories of what should be there. The iconic childhood objects serve as mementos for all that was lost long ago and the complicated emotions that still pulse between that time and now. What were once idyllic dreams are now the artist's intentionally unfulfilled desires with which her generation and gender are in a constant battle.