ParkeHarrison’s Reliquary from The Architecture’s Brother is created by the fabrication of using photomontage and painting techniques. These photographs tell stories of loss, struggle, and personal exploration within landscapes scarred by technology and over-use. The world in which he creates mimics our own world where you find that nature has been domesticated and controlled. The character he portrays in these images display futile attempts to save, patch, or revive nature back to its original form. In Reliquary, this is a container for relics, he placing part of the earth almost back into the earth. The reliquary he has chosen is not made of gold or a metal that will stand the test of time but fabric that will decay and rot at a given point.
ParkeHarrison has created a story for us to view upon and leaves it up to the audience to fill in this fractured narrative. This artist developed a self contained world to act out his leading role. It is a story that portrays loses and also hopes. There is a push and pull of subconscious and conscious, factual and fable, and beauty and decay.