Miranda Parkes has been practicing as a professional artist since graduating with a MFA (Distinction) in painting from the University of Canterbury in 2005. Her diverse practice includes painting, large-scale installation, video and work in public space. Parkes has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and has begun to exhibit overseas. Recent exhibitions include the merrier, Hocken Collections, Dunedin (2017), Pocket Star at State of Princes, Dunedin (2015), Stargazer at Yuill/Crowley, Sydney (2015), Trailblazer at Jonathan Smart, Christchurch (2014), Go-getter at Antoinette Godkin, Auckland (2014), Jam-packer at Ilam Campus Gallery (2014), Whopper at Tauranga Art Gallery (2014) Recent video projects include Six artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2016), I am an open window, Academy Cinema, Auckland (2015) Parkes’ work is held in public collections throughout New Zealand and in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, the U.K and U.S.A. Parkes was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow (2016), Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Awardee (2013), Tylee Cottage Fellow, Whanganui (2009) and the William Hodges Fellow, Southland (2007).
talkwalker belongs to a big noisy body of walk called the merrier, currently on show at Hocken Collections in Dunedin. Its helpful to look at talkwalker in context of this whole body of work: the statement for the merrier says:
Drawing on the expanded field of painting, Miranda Parkes makes art that speaks to the bodily experience and subjectivity of abstraction. The language of painting and textual references filter through her new body of work, in which she playfully alludes to the overlap between art, poetry and everyday life.
talkwalker articulates an attempt to marry various personal and colloquial languages within the abstract mode, as layers of paint combine in a playful way that brings life and personality to the work.
going for gold is a small but bold work that punches above its weight. I was interested to see how these two might work together and how they speak to other works in the Shared Lines exhibition.