Lynne Parks was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She has been a resident of Baltimore, MD since 2003. She has a BA from Hollins University with an independent major in creative writing/theater/film studies. She is employed by Enoch Pratt Free Library and volunteers for Lights Out Baltimore. She is a self-taught visual artist.
I am drawn to the discarded, forgotten, and obsolete which are by no means inert. I collect fragments, both objects and images, found in the marginal spaces of alleys and abandoned buildings, trash heaps, gutters, salvage yards, and flea market bins.
I was fourteen when I was diagnosed with a rare disease and for thirty-three years, I have been managing several desmoid tumors and metastatic fibrosarcoma. There have been many harsh cancer treatments, operations, and grafts. My artwork reflects what I see in the the mirror - reassembled disparate parts. In the areas surrounding aging, unkempt buildings I become enraptured by unexpected patterns in piles of detritus and the shimmering qualities of oxidation. I identify with broken, patched together things. I am a new kind of patchwork girl. In my work, I hope to achieve a reconstituted wholeness.