My current work has been exploration of automatic writing, jazz thinking and three-dimensional form while addressing the environment. I use humble domestic objects, such as the spoon representing heat, salt constumption, in combination with substances, to make statements about our environmental and personal health. The work explores ideas about toxins and dioxins in our environment and our food sources. Heat represents an unseen catalyst, which can change our genetic coding. Heat, like salt, is a beneficial and necessary component of personal and environmental health but excess can create undesirable changes, which can speed up chemical reactions. Tarpaper is used as a symbol for industry, and to represent the driving force of our current political and economic system.
Concepts of time, change, and an element of the unknown are the forces that propell my practice forward. My work comes veiled under seductive surfaces and recognizable forms that are filtered through time and distilled down to simple poetic forms.
— Rick Parsons