I grew up as a little girl in nice dresses at art openings. The contemporary art world feels like home to me. Maybe because of this familiarity, contemporary art is most interesting to me when it makes room for unexpected connections. I remember lying on the ground next to a total stranger and staring up at the perfect square in the center of James Turrell’s Air Apparent--we watched the stars but never exchanged names, and left in separate directions.
My work revolves around these connective spaces. Dyeing strangers’ hair blue in my dorm room, inviting friends to cook blindfolded, offering Art Walk attendees hand-felted keychains with something they wanted; “another chance,” “more time,” “a good night’s sleep.” I create spaces that spotlight and facilitate human interaction and dialogue.
Dressler Parsons is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn. She grew up in the Sonoran desert, in an adobe house her father built. She believes wholeheartedly in the individual and collective powers of words, food, and collaborative making. She has degrees in Intermedia (BFA) and Marketing (BS) from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University.