PORTRAITS AND NARRATIVES
On leaving Aberystwyth University in 1991, Sue worked as a portrait and figurative artist, exhibiting in the National Portrait Gallery, London in the BP Portrait Awards in 1992, 1993 and 1995, as well as exhibiting in other local and national exhibitions.
Her best known work was a series of autobiographical portraits entitled the “Naked Ape”, which were based on the psychology of human behaviour. Since then she has begun work on various large scale narratives exploring the interaction of individuals in a group in specific situations. These have also grown into works that explore the interaction of the viewer and are designed to be read by different people in different ways according to their experience and contact with the situation or group portrayed.
“I like to paint all these narratives in public spaces with people coming in and commenting as I work, this in turn shapes the paintings. Every person is attracted to a different part of the picture, it is never the same part and it always says more about what they are looking to find in the work than what I am describing. Once you have finished a painting and put it up, its no longer yours and all the feelings and thoughts you had while painting it are you own and secret to you. I love to hear everyone’s meanings….its always interesting and its always part of them.”
She began a series of work around Pewsey Carnival intitled Grtace Londis, with a combination of local people, carnival costumes and religious imagery, which is still in progress and can be seen at the Faux Arts Studio. More recently she has also started a series of interconnecting death dances, a combination of medieval death dances and imagery and modern day customer profiling.