Victoria is originally from the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, and now resides and works in Asheville, NC.

Artist's statement

Tori Parrish combines gestures of abstract and figurative painting in an investigation of identity. Exploring the self, presentation, and the intimacy of painting the figure, she plays with de- and reconstruction, appearance and disappearance, and the yonic composition. Primarily using her own body as reference, Parrish severs figures and pieces them back together on color fields, patterned projections, and ambiguous spaces. Drawing on colors and textures that are familiar to her, she integrates aspects of her North Carolinian, queer, and femme identities.


Music Background

Victoria has played the harp for over fifteen years. She has played at school performances, recitals, and in the American Youth Harp Ensembles European Concert Tour 2013 - touring some of the most renowned concert halls in Austria (such as St. Peter's Church and Melk Abbey). She performed with the Triangle Youth Symphony and Philharmonic, the North Carolina Harp Ensemble, the Cary Academy Orchestra and Band, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. Victoria has studied under the tutelage of Marjorie Chauvel at Stanford University, Andrea Blanchfield in Raleigh, NC and Jody Guinn in Cleveland, OH. 




Pozzoli: Etude No. 2