CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery Presents Nara Park Enduring Marks at Milian Park

By Editorial Team on November 13, 2018
Courtesy of CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery.
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Event: Friday, November 16 from 5pm to 8pm
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CulturalDC and the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) are excited to bring Nara Park (recently acquired by the Phillips Collection!) to Milian Park. Her exhibit Enduring Marks explores memories of childhood through large scale prints combining drawings from youth and natural materials. Its like modern cave drawings!

In Enduring Marks, artist Nara Park presents textile prints of digital collages exploring the imprints of childhood. The artist combines the images of her childhood artworks and writings from age five to eight with photographs of rock surfaces and mosses as if a child has left the marks on stone. The marks include drawings of different kinds of flowers, animals, letters, numbers and senses she learned to understand the world. The marks also consist of images from her drawing diary, a visual record of her early life experiences. Park is interested in how early childhood experiences have lasting emotional and psychological effects and influence to shape who we are. The idea of marks on stone comes from ancient cave paintings which serve as the oldest records of the human existence. The soft texture of fabric suggests childhood while contrasting with a hard rock texture. Like her other works, her use of stone image suggests memorialization and a desire for permanence. By integrating the images from the beginning stage of one’s life with an image of stone and dry moss, the implications of birth and death coexist in a single frame.

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, employees, visitors, and property owners in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Downtown DC.