Born in Fort Leonard Wood, MO/Tulsa, OK, in 1968/64
Resides in Boston, MA
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have been collaborating for years in creating artistic photographs. Their work has been displayed in 18 solo exhibitions and over 30 group shows presented worldwide in places such as Japan, Canada, and Italy. In addition, their work can be found in over 20 prestigious art collections, including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and the George Eastman House. The ParkeHarrisons also lecture extensively on art and human influences on the environment. Beauty, chaos, confusion, hope, grieve, anger, and joy, are just a few of the feelings that one may experience when looking at the Reclamation and Procession series created by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. The amazingly captivating images presented in these collections are portraits of an imaginary man-controlled nature. By means of these images, the ParkeHarrisons remind us of our effect on nature, whether it be marks we leave on the earth, or the destruction of entire landscapes for materialistic purposes. By manipulating the photographic process through alternative darkroom and printing techniques, these artists have given us images that can be studied and admired for hours. Little do we know, by looking at these environmental portraits, how much we are being told. Because of their particular tonalities and coloration, these story-telling pictures may at first appear less engrossing than they really are. But upon closer study, one will find that this unique style really enriches the images and gives the artists their own identity. While looking at The Guardian, for example, one can’t help but wonder: if we were in complete control of nature, would we protect it? Hopefully, the ParkeHarrisons can teach us how.