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Jill Parisi

Flora Fantastica!
Glyndor Gallery | July 16−August 27, 2017

Pictured above: Sky Blue Pink, 2017. 20" x 40" x 2 1/2". Hand-colored intaglio prints on hand-cut loktah tissue and hand-colored digital prints on hand-cut kozo pinned with entomology pins to foam core. Courtesy of the artist and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.

I am in awe of that which makes me wonder. What is that thing? How was a thing made, how is something done? How refined something is—a smooth and rounded acorn, a leaf turned into lace by mold, a sheet of paper so thin and masterfully made you can nearly see through it, the flight of a hawk soaring by effortlessly. And often it is those things or acts that are beautiful, mysterious, well-crafted or executed—the things that defy easy explanation, that arouse your curiosity about the world, about yourself, that lift your heart. The world can be a difficult and heavy place to navigate. While I admire and respect artwork of all kinds, beauty and joy have a very important place, and allow us to have a moment of peace and levity. - Jill Parisi

A lifelong love of forests and gardens led Jill Parisi to begin working with botanical imagery about 20 years ago. From her observations on long walks, she depicts and composes the parts of imaginary plants on etched and engraved plates. She has developed these techniques through a studio process that is intensive, reflective and meditative. In the entrance vestibule, Parisi combines handmade prints and papers along with other materials in the form of hundreds of colorful, hybrid elements. Informed by her study of Wave Hill’s extensive range of plant species, she has visited in different seasons to observe the gardens and greenhouses.

The works Parisi creates in the studio serve as the basis for larger public commissions. Digital technology allows her to take smaller works on paper and reconfigure them to create unique designs that are fabricated in more durable materials. She researches each site and its surroundings to develop the imagery, as she has done for her Wave Hill installation. In 2012, she completed an exuberant installation in glass block for the Far Rockaway/44th Street beach station on the A train, through the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts for Transit Program. This summer, she anticipates completing five, hand-painted glass artworks for Horace Mann Elementary School in Washington, DC. Parisi’s work has been exhibited widely. She has a BFA in painting and an MFA in printmaking from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.