Meredith and Jacob Parker (Photos by Cliff Hollis)
Graduating couple only had eyes for ECU arts
By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services
It’s no stretch to say that East Carolina University seniors Meredith and Jacob Parker have an eye for art by looking at the dozens of eyeballs they made for their senior show.
The couple will graduate Friday with fine arts degrees; hers in painting and drawing and his in printmaking.
ECU spring 2015 graduates Jacob and Meredith Parker combined their work for a dual exhibition senior show. Among the work they displayed were three-dimensional clouds with eyes looking down at visitors.
Although married for nine years, the Parkers' dual exhibition in March was their first show together. Titled “Passing for Normal,” the show featured 11 of her oil paintings, 20 of his prints and six, three-dimensional clouds with eyes.
The eyes are sort of a “looming presence,” Meredith said. “They symbolize the general feeling of scrutiny - like you’re being watched wherever you go.”
“We live in a country that celebrates a warm and loving feeling of someone looking at you, and then the invasive ‘someone is looking at you,’ ” Jacob said.
“Some people really liked it and others felt uncomfortable,” Meredith added.
They had initially planned on mounting the eyeballs on a wall, but felt it would be too intimidating for viewers. So the idea for the clouds, made with balloons covered in polyester fiberfill, was born.