Herb Parker in his studio
Parker’s nature-based works draw inspiration from the locale. Takihata Dialogue, a thatched structure Parker built in Japan in 2001, modeled after the area’s early pit dwellings; image courtesy of Herb Parker
Piccolo Labyrinth at Waterfront Park in 2004; image courtesy of Herb Parker
Inside the labyrinth; image courtesy of Herb Parker
In his College of Charleston-based studio, Parker produces about a dozen sculptures each year.
“I’m a pack rat and a dumpster diver. When I see something interesting, I’ll pull it out and bring it in the studio to see if it will trigger an idea.”
His dark and powerful transmutations are built from objects he collects and stores in categories—figurines, ammunition, machinery parts—around his studio.
As inspiration strikes, random items on the shelves present an intrinsic value depending on the theme being addressed.
When building three-dimensional collages, Parker includes images that have been lifted onto polymer, which allows light and background patterns to pass through.
Visit the creative spaces of sculptor Herb Parker, painter Rhett Thurman, graphic designer Gil Shuler, and batik and textile artist Arianne King Comer