Says Parker of her work in this Exhibit:
“I have long been interested in the connections between the arts, between poetry, music and painting. I have completed two collaborations, with Buffalo composer, Ron Martin; the first “The Northeast Gardener’s Year” and the second “A Rose Beside the Water”, based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda. So when the Freudig Singers asked me to do a series of works, based on the poetry of George Herbert, I was very happy to. George Herbert was a 16th century Christian mystical poet They are not meant to be illustrations, rather they are a personal response to the poetry and to the music.” Most of my work is based on images from nature, used often in a metaphoric way, for example, the butterfly is a symbol for transformation.”
From her website:
“Catherine Parker was born in Gardenville, a small town just outside of Buffalo, NY. Her father was the well known watercolor painter, Charles E. Burchfield. Her mother was Bertha Kenreich, the daughter of a farmer. From both parents, she and her four siblings all learned a love of classical music and nature, especially the drama of weather and the seasons.
In Parker’s capable hands, landscape elements–trees, flowers, cliffs, clouds, suns, moons, water and birds–are highly condensed things that suggest a whole imaginative spectrum of shifting and intertwining metaphors. As Parker moves toward greater abstraction, it is a symbolic language that has grown remarkably in its ability to bridge between observed phenomena and the associative power of raw shape.
. . . . she forcefully strikes out into remarkably personal territory where the ordinary becomes the extraordinary and the mundane begins to tremble with odd mystic evocations.
What gives Parker her unique vision is her unobtrusive bridging between what the eye sees and the mind imagines.
Richard Huntington, The Buffalo News