Before 2020 became an even more memorable year than we imagined, an arts buddy asked me—in a protective/caring way—’what are you getting out of the FOUND! project’. And I think these conversations are one of the answers to that question.
Relocating regionally, we sometimes lose connections to our past, we can miss the spider webbing relationships that develop in a larger art community, a larger city (I say that as someone who has lived most of her life in a larger city, and I love both experiences).
Connecting with old friends at Side Gallery led to the most joyful phone calls with Susan Lincoln who I had met some 20 years prior and have always been a little bit gobsmacked by her works and by the thoughtful intent with which she approaches each piece. Susan instantly connected with the project and we laughed at the wild and wonderful ways we could bring an installation to Bundaberg (please diminish, Covid, so that we still may!). It was exciting! And I get excited every time I speak with an artist because we can talk our way through this and out the other side, and share the funny, the bizarre, the dreadful, the disappointing and the messy.
Messy: today I dropped my umbrella handle in the dog’s poo while tidying up on a walk. ‘Oh okay’, I said out loud, ‘this is how you’re going to be this morning?’ Not a soul around to hear the talking to self, thank Dog.
And thanks Susan, for talking out loud on the blog 😀
Susan, what is your art practice?
I am a visual artist and designer working across installation art, sculpture, drawing, video and performance. Currently I am investigating meditative and immersive spaces created from a variety of white and transparent materials with an inherent light quality that reflects/refracts light.
Who is your studio companion?
My studio companion is Ziggy, a 2 year old black female Cavoodle.
I knew she was the one as soon as I saw her, but I kept this card close to my chest and as luck would have it, my husband and daughter gravitated towards her also. She has shaken up our routines and bought more fun and lighthearted moments into our life.
What are you working on in your studio now?
I have a few projects on the go. For Bundaberg, I am encrusting the existing ceiling feature of my meditation pod TRR (Light Vehicle) with lead crystals. This will amp up the light refractions inside the space.
How has the current imposed isolation changed what you’re doing? Has something really surprised you during this transition to ‘artist in quarantine’?
Ha ha! Don’t Artists always work in quarantine/isolation? So it is business as usual for me. Having just moved into a new home studio, we (Ziggy and I) are now sharing our daily space with the rest of the family. When are they getting back to work/school?
I am also surprised how nice it feels to not have to be anywhere other than right here. My daughter is getting older and will no doubt leave home soon enough. I have been grateful for the flipside of home iso and just spending quality time with us.
Any special news about your art practice?
I recently completed a QLD touring program* (2019-2020) of my solo show entitled YOU ARE HERE 2 (the incredible lightness of being). An immersive environment featured alongside sculptures, works on paper and videos that promoted a sense of mindfulness, peace and living in the moment.
*YOU ARE HERE 2 The incredible lightness of being travelling exhibition, organised by Warwick Art Gallery and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Proudly sponsored by International Art Services and ShapeShift Design Technologies; and supported by Designfront, McPherson’s Consumer Products and Mitsubishi Pencil Company Ltd.