Abby Parker

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My concentration is based loosely on the quote “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I worked with a local photographer and using her portrait photos and anonymous entries on reddit.com I created art that represented this quote. In some pieces the background can be seen as black, representing the lack of a traumatic event or a baseline “normal”. In other pieces an entry can be seen, something traumatic mainly focusing on suicide attempts. The portraits represent the real world or what the human eye can see upon meeting someone. The backgrounds show the hidden aspects of a life, or the elements that can’t be seen. The entries represent the quote by expressing the fact that based solely on the image of a person you can truly interpret what is going on in their personal life.

The ear represents the “Hear something, say something” movement which is meant to encourage people to reach out and do something if they know someone is hurting themselves or planning to.
My pieces are meant to bring awareness to suicide as it is a subject that often has a blind eye turned upon it. Showing images that people are used to seeing, such as portraits, and adding a deeper background which evokes emotion.