Catherine Sarah Young (Philippines)

Would you wash your hands with soap made from sewage? 

Sewer Soaperie turns raw sewage and fat into luxury soaps.  

Extreme storms now frequently overwhelm drains, pipes and sewerage systems, causing flooding in major cities. Large lumps of coagulated grease, known as ‘fatbergs’, clog the system and create flooding. These greasy beasts are created when people pour used liquid oil down the sink, which then hardens in the pipes. Gross.  

Artist Catherine Sarah Young takes grease from various sources, sterilises it and turns it into soap. As the global climate crisis intensifies, could this be a solution to a more sustainable future? 


31 JULY–3 AUGUST 2019
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am–6pm, plus Friday 2 August 6pm–9pm at the First Friday Night at Testing Grounds event


5–18 AUGUST 2019
Open Monday to Friday 11am–6pm, Saturday 12pm–3pm, plus Sunday 18 August 10am–4pm 

Sewer Soaperie will also be involved in Extrasensory @ Parliament of VictoriaSaturday 10 August 6pm10pm 


About the contributor(s): 

Catherine Sarah Young (Philippines)

Catherine is a Chinese-Filipina interdisciplinary artist, designer and writer who creates works that investigate nature, our role in the environment, and the tensions between the natural world and technology. Trained in molecular biology, contemporary art and interaction design, she has various artistic bodies of work: The Apocalypse Project, investigating climate change; Wild Science, looking at science and society; and Future Rx, focused on sustainability. She is an award-winning artist who works with scientists, industry, and communities internationally, most recently in Berlin, Vienna, Beijing and the Amazon. She writes science fiction and has been practicing taekwondo for more than twenty years.