9.29.22 - 10.2.22



Meet the Artist, Rachel Parish at Georgia Plaza Park
Sunday, October 2
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Emergence by Rachel Parish

Friday, September 30
Saturday, October 1 
Sunday, October 2

Installation & performances
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Project sites: four locations in Downtown Atlanta. 

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On Sunday, October 2, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, artist Rachel Parish will be on site to greet audience members and answer questions at Georgia Plaza Park, one of four downtown locations for her work Emergence.

With this work, Parish will present a series of temporary, interconnected monuments to the four spring heads that lie directly beneath Downtown Atlanta and feed the region’s vital, life-sustaining rivers and creeks. By illuminating the “birthplaces” of Atlanta’s waterways, Emergence will offer the public the opportunity to collectively consider the power of the natural ecology upon which Atlanta has been built and the continued presence of the life-springs that support the land upon which the city’s residents live their lives. The project will feature sound installations, performances, and projections.

Emergence is presented in conjunction with ELEVATE 2022

Location: Georgia Plaza Park - Corner of Washington Street & Mitchell Street. Across Washington Street from the Georgia State Capitol

About the Artist Project

Flux Projects commissions public art that invites audiences in Atlanta to explore the city’s sites and
stories as a means to imagining its future possibilities. Inspiring wonder and imagination, these projects
support artists at all career levels to take risks and grow their practices. Free and open to the public, the
projects transform the spaces in which they are situated and help build community by connecting
thousands of people from all walks of life.

About the Artist

Working internationally, Rachel’s visual and performance art has been seen at venues including Tat Britain, de Young Museum, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Woodruff Art Center and Standpoint Gallery, as well as in public spaces such as train stations, community centers, homes for the elderly, in streets, schools and online.Proud to call Atlanta her home, she is currently under commission by Flux Projects to create Emergence, a series of public monuments marking the headwaters of waterways that flow underneath the heart of our downtown area. She has recently been named a Spillways Fellow at

Antenna in New Orleans wher she will conduct research for a series of performance, sculptural and text based public artworks exploring the intersection of women, liberation and land.  She also has been named the Inaugural Artist in Residence at Vlerick Business School in Belgium where she will use collaborative weaving and public drawing processes to work with the faculty to develop fluency with multi-sensory listening practices. Currently selections from her series, “The Shape of History: the story of a moment as told by the sun” are on view at PlaySpace Gallery in San Francisco. In October, she directed “A Most American Town” a the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, concluding her tenure as a Reiser Award recipient.

Website: https://rachelparish.com/

Rachel Parish, Artist Statement
I am a contemporary artist working with diverse ecologies of collaborators, including humans, nonhumans, and their histories.  Whether making new performance in London, developing art-based compassion trainings with the NYPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team, designing creative placemakin programs in Atlanta, or documenting the story of a moment as told by the sun in Oakland, my work draws from conceptual and social practice and is characterized by bringing together complex and ofte divided communities and creating spaces for collaborative co-creative processes to unfold. My identities as an artist, a mother and a mixed-race (African American mother, white father) woman from the southern USA, are woven lace. Equally formative, my family home was an informal safehouse, welcoming over a hundred people to live with us as I grew up. New people arrived with little notice and with a backdrop of varied contexts of crisis (from individuals experiencing homelessness or diagnosed with AIDS in the late 1980s, to refugees awaiting asylum) and would stay for anywhere from a day to years. It was a life of radical hospitality, rooted in traditions of rural creole culture and a commitment to social justice. These orientations are the bedrock for my craft as an artist in the world.

While building on my experience with complex groups of people, my current work has broadened to include working with non-human and non-corporeal agents such as the sun, ancestors, archival documents, soil and seeds. Similarly expansive are the materials: found wood, scraped knees, words, craft paper, the force of the wind, performance, stretched canvas, hand-woven fabric, oral histories, No 2 pencils–multiplicities of these mark-makers contribute to the process and documentation of the creative gestures I initiate and nurture. These agents are collaborators in the co-creative process.  My creative task is to tune my listening in to attend to their particular modality of communication and, moving with care and craft, to sculpt spaces of dialogic processes alongside them.