Lord Coconut and Craft present ceramic artist Sarah Parker in Beneath and Below.
A still life installation of randomly placed objects comprised of seed pods, coral fragments, fine bone, rocks and minerals, all cast from high fired porcelain. The underlying link between these objects from nature found beneath the sea, the shadow of trees, our flesh, and below the earth's surface reminds us that everything is linked.
Through random scatterings of nature's artefacts such as bones, rocks and seedlings, everything has a connection. Sarah's use of porcelain to create all these objects is a means to accentuate and reinforce this link. It all breaks down in the earth only to be re-purposed in a form such as clay, earth's most basic natural element, in which a part of us and all things can be traced.
Sarah Parker makes limited edition and one off ceramic jewellery pieces from high fired porcelain, coloured stains and glaze. They are experimental and functional pieces of jewellery, inspired by the natural environment around her studio, and museum collections, including geology, marine invertebrates and entomology. She draws on elements of pattern, colour and nature to design pieces of jewellery that she finds eye catching and beautiful. Her ink drawings of abstract patterns and textures are a basis for the aesthetics of her work.
Sarah likes to juxtapose colours with texture and patterns, and push the boundaries of the material and techniques, to challenge the medium of clay for use as an adornment of wearable works of functional art, and objects of beauty.