Sherry Parker

Bird-Friendly Bonsai
9″x8″; paper collage/mixed media; 2017

Sherry Parker
Santa Rosa, California, USA


Collage is a rush for me–from start to finish–an adventure, a happening. CHANCE is my muse. What excites me about this medium is the ideas that flow from chance: the serendipitous discovery of “found” materials, the random (unconscious) selection process, the fortuitous mistakes, and the bringing together of disparate ephemera to begin the formation of order out of chaos. Oxymoronically, I call this process “orchestrated chance.”

My work reflects my playfully irreverent response to–or perhaps refuge from–the “furious folly” of these times. This can be seen in unexpected and surreal imagery, edgy whimsy, deconstruction and humanization of machines, and in anthropomorphic hybrids. My work is my way of softening the world around me and making my peace with it.


I have been working in the collage medium since the mid-80’s. My work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Santa Fe, Seattle, Portland and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition to extensive exhibitions across the United States, recent special projects and accomplishments include:

–Special effects/set design for Opera Parallèle, an innovative contemporary opera company in San Francisco (2018)
–Marketing and communications consultant and curator/juror for “MARVELOUS,” International Exhibition of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, California (2017)
–Label design for Imagery Estate Winery’s Sonoma Cabernet Franc, released in December 2017.

I spent a 35-year professional career in advertising and marketing research in New York and San Francisco, from which I retired in 2007 to pursue art full time. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles and a graduate degree in French from the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland.

On October 9, 2017, my home, my studio, and all of my artwork and materials were destroyed in the Santa Rosa, California fires. I am beginning the rebuilding process; not the impossible task of replacing what was lost, but in seeking internal peace and inspiration in what the future holds.

I am so grateful to Kolaj Magazine and the international “collage community”, who have reached out to me during this setback in my life–sending kind words on Facebook and generous contributions of “stuff” to rebuild my studio. I am honoured to be a part of such a caring and collaborative community. I am overwhelmed, and feel very blessed. Thanks to you all, I hope to be able to work again soon.

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A Flower by Any Other Name
10″x7″; paper collage/mixed media; 2017

11″x8″; paper collage/mixed media; 2017

Feeding Frenzy
9″x6.5″; paper collage/mixed media; 2017

9″x6″; paper collage on vintage bookcover; 2017