MFA 2013, Oxford Campus
Studio Art (Photography)
Oil and gold ink on muslin over canvas
10 x 13 inches
Tim Parsley earned his BA from the University of Cincinnati and his MA from Miami University. He is the program director and associate professor of Studio Art at the University of Saint Francis, School of Creative Arts in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As an artist primarily working through painting, drawing, and collage, he navigates the history of America and the complicated tensions caused by its constructive ambition.
Focusing on the originating stories of America, I appropriate and piece together scraps of historic imagery and collective memory, reconstructing the American narrative of progress to reveal and reinterpret a nostalgic anxiety about the past. The construction of America was a dichotomous and implicated mixture of hope, pride, destruction, and dominance culminating in a conflicted national history. We live in the wake of this complicated history and continue to play out the same drama in our individual lives. My paintings, collages, and drawings explore the undercurrent assumptions that cultivate this phenomenon.