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Window Walk | Sarah Parker X Dirty Dozen

  • Dirty Dozen | Campbell Arcade Degraves Subway, Degraves Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

Window Walk | Sarah Parker X Dirty Dozen

Image: Sarah Parker

Image: Sarah Parker

Living Colour

Sarah Parker creates an installation of small sample specimens studies, cast or replicated from coral, rock and feather and made from high fired porcelain. Some are bleached of colour either black or white, some vibrant, colourful sample specimens with glaze, stains and lustres, indicating what we have now but may lose due to climate change and human affects. The eclectic samples and their installation recall a museum collections display for viewing and contemplation of what exists and how it is changing:

“Our natural environments are losing their colour. Coral is bleaching, forests are burning and being cleared As these animals and eco systems die so will colour drain from them.

But what does this mean for our visual senses? How will this affect us and our perception of the world without the vibrancy of underwater reefs corals and fish, or lush mossy textures and rich earthy tones of ancient rainforests? What about the loss of colour from the bird life integral to these ecosystems?

Could this alter our sense of wonderment and our perspective of the world around us as colour in nature is depleted? Everything is connected, and as an artist I draw on the colours found in nature to make sense of our world. Losing this important part of our natural environment will alter and devastate our sensory perception.

I work in a museum and Im curious how the documentation of our environment will affect our understanding of the outside environment as its changing, and as colour is depleting from our planet.”


This contemporary craft installation is hosted by Creative Spaces at the Dirty Dozen:

The Dirty Dozen in Campbell Arcade is one of Melbourne’s most intriguing exhibition spaces, located in an underground commuter walkway that runs from Flinders Street Station to Degraves Street.



Monday to Friday 7am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

This event is part of Craft Cubed 2019 Window Walk Project, funded by the City of Melbourne

For more information about the program and where to see installations across the city, please visit