Parker’s ceramic works reflect a common experience- the daily commute, people watching and the unknown lives of other individuals.
She brings to life anonymous subjects through curious expressive sculptures and layered printing techniques, which bring a depth and animation to the ceramic canvas. The layering of pictures and design in the use of transport upholstery patterns together with raw urban imagery captures moments when commuters are lost in thought. Sketch-like in detail they are juxtaposed with delicacy on gently stretched and shaped porcelain. They explore those stolen moments we have all experienced-on buses, trains, trams and even planes when transitioning from one place to another we spend time in our inner space. Capturing the notion that each individual holds a rich inner life that is, nevertheless, held isolated from the sea of strangers we often find ourselves in. Parker’s observations of commuters celebrate the time in between what we call ‘living’. Everyone is waiting to arrive somewhere. The necessary travel time, the precious uncounted minutes.
After the events of the last two years – where something as simple as the packed morning commute is, if temporarily, a relic of the past – the strange sensation of nostalgia for something previously unappealing is palpable.