color, bio-resin, and reclaimed Alaskan birch, 11" 1/2' x 6" 1/4' x 5" 1/2'
Southern California based Nelson Parrish’s sculptural pieces are handcrafted of wood, and layered bio-resin, infused with splashes of vibrant color and racing stripes. The narratives depicted in Parrish’s work are conceptual and aesthetic tributes to seminal moments of expression or intense feeling, often triggered by nature. Parrish seizes the essence of the moment and portrays its emotional story.
Parrish says in regard to his Telluride body of work, “Originally from Alaska, I have studied color my whole life. Color is the vernacular we use when traditional words fail. It is the universal language, utilized for translating thoughts and experiences viscerally and immediately. I refine abstracted known forms such as totems, flags, flitches and river teeth to contain ideas – then implement the action of painting and sculpting to make these ideas visible and tangible. The artifacts created through this vocabulary of Light and Color are as much about Telluride, as they are for Telluride. They are the alchemy of those indescribable moments that make us stay.”