My work explores beauty in the natural and manmade worlds. Much of my inspiration comes from nature focusing on flowers, gardens and landscape, but also I look at the beauty of the man made through architecture especially interiors, patterned surfaces, fabrics, wallpapers and man made designs.
I take photographs then use Photopolymer plates (Solarplates) to create my prints. I choose to step away from the clarity and detail of the photograph process aiming for a softer type of photographic effect. I often place the patterned and interior plates side by side juxtaposing imagery to create a harmonised aesthetic.
Colour features in my work building up layer upon layer of ink to create vibrant, fresh surfaces of colour on the paper. I apply ink to the plates using small paintbrushes pushing the possibilities of a la poupee inking.
I never really have a completely preconceived idea of the finish print. I let the creative process take on a life of its own. Like my mentor Matisse once said ‘the living harmony of colours should compare to that of a musical composition’. Hopefully I am coming close to getting the balance right.
Susan currently lives and works in Sydney. She is a member of Sydney Printmakers and Warringah Printmakers Studio and is a committee member of the Print Council of Australia.
She has exhibited widely and her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, Manly Art Gallery and Museum and Central Queensland University.