I was born in Edinburgh and spent my childhood years in Scotland before moving to London to study at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. I left the UK after completing the foundation course to travel overseas and ended up settling in Sydney, Australia.
I completed a BA Hons (first class) in painting at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. Over a period of the next few years my work was exhibited widely throughout Sydney and other major Australian cities before I returned to the college having won an Australian Post Graduate Award to study a Master of Fine Arts.
Over a period of the next few years my work was exhibited widely throughout Sydney and other major Australian cities before I returned to the college having won an Australian Post Graduate Award to study a Master of Fine Arts over two years full-time.
In 1999 I embarked on a six month exchange program at Glasgow School of Art on the MFA program under the supervision of Sam Ainslie and decided in 2000 to leave Australia and return to my Scottish roots to pursue a career as an artist in Scotland. I continue to live and work in Scotland.
The work shown on this site embraces a historical overview of a wide range of visual art disciplines which I have been drawn to ranging from abstract painting through to installation-based work. Over my career I have worked with a multitude of materials alongside paint. The thinking behind my early work produced a decade of ‘site specific’ installations.
I graduated with a distinction in 2015 with an MFA in Art & Humanities and currently work at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design on the MFA programme as well as in my studio at WASPS, Dundee.
My work is concerned with the passing of time, loss, nostalgia and memory. I have from a young age been drawn to the metaphoric qualities which objects embody and the many ways in which as an artist I can create meaning through their re -presentation.
Deconstructing Nostalgia 2013
Mixed media on board. 87cm x 125cm
Acrylic, oil and compressed charcoal on paper. 40cm x 30cm
Land Deform 2017
Crude oil, turps, pigment on canvas. 2017
Oil on Canvas 30x30cm
You Come Through 2017
Acrylic, oil and compressed charcoal on canvas
Orange Swing 2012
Mixed media, acrylic, oil on board 90x60cm Private collection
Acrylic, mixed media, compressed charcoal and oil bar on canvas. 1.9m x 1.4m
Splendid Indecision 2010
Private Collection. 90cm x 60cm.
Swing Park 2012
Acrylic, oil and oil bar on canvas. 30cm x 30cm Private collection
Compressed charcoal on board. 1.6m x 1.2m
Oil and compressed charcoal on board. 8cm x 10cm
2013 Mixed media, acrylic, compressed charcoal, oil and matt medium on canvas. 80cm x 80cm
Oil on canvas, 30cm x 20cm.
Colour in the Darkness study
Study for ‘Colour in the Darkness’. Acrylic, pastel, oil bar and compressed charcoal on paper. Collection the Wee Restaurant, North Queensferrry. 90cm x 70cm.
Oil on board, 90cm x 60 cm. Private collection.
Acrylic on board. 1.2m x 90cm. Private collection.
From my Window 2009
10cm x 8cm. Acrylic and oil on canvas. Private collection
Green Ground 2010
60cm x 60cm. Oil on linen. Private collection.
Colour in the Darkness 2011
Oil on board, 70cm x 90cm. Collection: The Wee Restaurant.
Oil on canvas, 30cm x30cm. Private collection.
The Studio 2011
25cm x 25cm. Private collection
The Big Blue 2010
Oil on Board. 90cm x 60cm. Private Collection.
Oil on canvas 30cm x 30cm. Private Collection.
Blue Park 2012
1.2m x 1m Mixed media and oil on board. Private Collection.
'Disrupture' 2015 exploded shells, IED'S and water disruptors.
Exploded shells and armour piercing texted metals, disruptors, lazer jet print, acetone. Quote- Dylan Thomas quote.
Pierced 105 Mild steel blocks
Armour pierced by one shaped copper explosive charge. 25cm x 25cm x 5cm deep matt varnish.
“This has to be the least conventional – but most exciting – project I have been involved with,” said Susie, who works at Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art and Design at Dundee.
“To take redundant, rusted and battered pieces of metal and see them re-evolve as artworks is utterly compelling – I’m really enthused by the whole experience.”
Binn Group has provided an endless supply of scrap metal to help create the artworks, several of which will be available to view at Perth Museum as well as the entrance to Binn Group’s Shore Road premises in Perth, throughout Project 2018.
“I am constantly inspired by the unique qualities of scrap metal,” explained Susie. “I look at old exhausts and see spiders’ legs, or a battered and rusted drum and see a beached creature. Even cogs and washers and nails and heating elements all suggest something creative and exciting – every piece has a history, every piece has a story.
“In many cases the metal items dictate what they are going to be while other pieces are evolving of their own volition as I work with them,” she said. “Some pieces beg to be cleaned up while, in others, the rust and dirt are part of the character of the artwork. It’s been a fascinating journey for me as an artist.”
Susie learned to weld in order to fulfil her ambitions of working with Binn Group to recycle scrap into art.
“It’s another string to my bow,” she said. “My art school roots are in painting but my practice has over the years become sculptural, particularly whilst studying an MFA in Art & Humanities at Duncan of Jordanstone in 2014.It’s been compelling working within a different area of the art world.
“Binn Group is keen to encourage creative outcomes and diversification streams for waste and they have been a tremendous help to me throughout this project, providing training in welding, workshop premises, friendship and support and a never-ending supply of weird and wonderful pieces of metal.”
Binn Group’s brand and marketing manager Louise MacGregor expressed amazement and delight at the artworks created from the company’s waste materials.
“Binn Group is very proud of its recycling and environmental credentials and to see Susie take pieces thrown out by someone and breathe new life into them as fabulous works of art is just fantastic,” said Louise.
“We were more than happy to get involved with this project when Susie approached us and the results are even better than we had envisaged.
“Susie is a very talented lady and Binn Group is proud to be working with her for the Platform 2018 festival in order to take her creative skills – coupled with the underlying recycling message – to a wider audience throughout the event.”
It is hoped that Susie’s Binn Group metal works will find permanent homes after the festival – either at the company’s Binn Ecopark at Glenfarg, their Shore Road premises or in private ownership.
VIDEO: Susie learning to weld...
in order to fulfil her ambitions of working with Binn Group to recycle scrap into art.
Studio 402,WASPS, Meadowmill Studios, West Henderson Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BY.
‘Artspace’ Sydney, Australia
‘Dextral Rotation’ 1999
Truck inner tubes, acrylic primer, modelling paste.