EMERGENCE: a reflection


April 20, 2023

A video essay by Rachel Parish

Throughout 2022, I embarked on a process to create a series of monuments to the headwaters of the four springs and creeks that lie beneath downtown Atlanta and feed our region’s rivers.  I would eventually create Emergence, a series of sculptures, live performances, and sound and video installations that would stand as temporary monuments to these waters during a multi-day durational activation at the above-ground sites of the headwaters.

In order to create Emergence, I needed to first stop, to listen and to learn from the people and the ecologies connected to this place.  This video essay follows the flow of my own emergent relationship with the waters as I did so.  — Rachel Parish

“Emergence: a reflection” relaunches Flux Projects’s Virtual Art Series, designed specifically for the virtual realm and featuring Atlanta artists of all disciplines.

Emergence: a reflection is also part of FLOW, a multi-year series designed to explore Atlanta’s history with water, how it has shaped our city and the potential it holds for our future. FLOW engages issues of conservation, equity, and urban design through installations and performances around the city.

About the Artist

An Atlanta-based interdisciplinary artist, Rachel Parish works with diverse ecologies of collaborators, including humans, non-humans, and their histories. From performances in London to creative placemaking programs, her work draws from conceptual and social practice, bringing together complex and often divided communities to guide them through collaborative co-creative processes. Currently, Parish uses ceramics, weaving, painting and plants to create spaces for live and imagined exchange.

Working internationally, Parish’s visual and performance art has been shown at Tate Britain, the de Young Museum, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, and the Woodruff Art Center, as well as in public spaces such as train stations, community centers, homes for the elderly, streets, and in schools.

Parish is currently a Spillways Fellow at Antenna (New Orleans), the Inaugural Artist in Residence at the Vlerick Business School (Belgium), and a Scholar-in-Residence with Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.

For more information about Rachel Parish, please visit her website here, and connect with her on Instagram here.

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