Louise Parker

Aug 8th, 2019

Louise Parker

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Louise Parker is a model and photographer living in Los Angeles, California. She received a BA from Bard College in 2012 where she studied photography. Her work has been published in  Dazed, Vogue and New York Magazine amongst others. In 2015 she was selected for Foam Talent #39. Her work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, London, Paris and New York.

Tell us about the works that we are featuring

Studio Pictures explores the ideas around image authorship and self-portraiture. Using fashion editorials that I modeled in, I scan the printed magazine page and with Photoshop, remove my figure. I use the clone stamp tool to reconstruct the backdrop, creating painterly strokes and leaving behind only subtle traces of my form such as outlines or shadows. The act of erasing myself speaks to the brief nature of my career, as well as the frequent feeling of disposability. Using the digitally manipulated image as a reference, I then make an oil painting. The decision to paint the images comes from the desire to take further ownership and to create an object out of a picture that had until then objectified my own body. In order to diminish the paintings value, I seek to aggrandize the studio process and the intention of the work. Through the use of light and the position of the camera, I utilize the temporal nature of photography in order to activate the paintings as objects. The paintings themselves function as props as the canvases are now tangible objects that I alone possess.

Do your parents like your work?

They better! 

What are you working on right now?

A couple fashion projects and a screenplay.

How do you determine if your work has been a success?

If I don’t feel the need to return to it. 

How do you get your practice out when it is stuck?

I start working on something entirely different from the project I’m stuck on – usually something unrelated to photography. 

What other forms of art inform your work?

Novels and film.