Parallel Worlds, 2017
Trekking across the globe submersing herself in the day-to-day lives of the locals, Catherine Parker’s works highlight the rich narratives of these environments and cultures. Attracted to the vibrant colours and the spiritual customs of India, she has made over 20 trips and considers this country as a second home. Parker draws Inspiration from the rich history of India’s miniature paintings and has undertaken several collaborations with miniature artist Kamal Swami from Jaisalmere (Rajasthan), a selection of which were exhibited at SGAR in 2013.
Through her practice Parker is interested in the peripheral of site, which she explores throughout her mixed-media works – creating vast spaces surrounded by highly detailed fragments along the outer edges of the canvas. This process creates vast spaces that can be read as oceans or skies surrounded by wondrous highly detailed floating islands or worlds.
Parker is a painter / mixed media artist based in Toowomba, Queensland. Parker’s work is held in various public and corporate collections including: RMIT (Melbourne), Southern Cross University (Lismore), State Library of Victoria (Melbourne), Baillieu Library (Melbourne), Mater Hospital (Brisbane), Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (Brisbane) and Gadens Lawyers (Brisbane). She is a two-time recipient of the Regional Arts Development Fund Grant through Arts Queensland. Parker is also the owner and founder of Catherine Parker Art Tours, where she conducts tours that immerse creatives in the cultural and spiritual landscape of India.