Meet Sue, one of the artists for our Square One exhibition opening on 2nd of March.
For those of us who have ‘grown up’ all too quickly, Sue’s art is a vivid reminder of what the world looked like when we were young. She took the time to answer some Square One related questions so we could find out where the roots of this amazing artist lie.
Lascelles, that doesn’t sound like an asian name. What nationality/s are you and where were you born/grow up?
My name is pretty much a representation of my cultural mix; being anglo/asian. My mum is Chinese Malaysian and my father is Australian. I was born and raised in Australia but growing up within two cultures has been both a blessing and a curse. It’s something that I’m discovering, rediscovering and embracing everyday.
Is being an artist your full time gig or do you do something else to make rent?
I work part-time as a graphic designer/illustrator, so my time is split half and half between two very different fields. I think it’s important to have something else, as it gives me time to gain perspective on my art practice. I’m really lucky to be working in a creative industry and my day job is pretty flexible so it works well with my artistic commitments. I guess I’ve got the perfect work/life balance!
Were you always ‘the arty type’? When did you start making art works and when did you realise you wanted to be an artist?
Art has always been something I’ve enjoyed very much, and growing up I was always encouraged to pursue the things I loved. Being a teenager was hard and I think I found a lot of solace through making art. I don’t feel like it was ever something I consciously set out to do, rather, it was just something I did. It just seemed to happen naturally.
When did you start ‘being’ an artist? (What was your square one?)
I didn’t actually practice art for many years after finishing uni. It was hard to feel motivated that this was something I could actually do, in real life, outside an institution. About 6-7 years ago I took up a studio space at Jugglers Art Space in the Valley and set about making work for a few small group shows. I also held my first solo show there.
What do you wish you knew at your ‘square one’?
(What wisdom would you pass on to that young doe-eyed self?)
I would definitely tell myself not to worry so much. That it doesn’t really matter what you do, if you believe you’ve done something worthwhile, others will see that.
Where/how/from whom do you seek inspiration?
My greatest source of inspiration comes from the memories of my childhood. Through my art practice I’m trying to preserve these experiences and in actual fact, I’m probably in denial about growing up.
Why do you make you art?
More than anything… it’s FUN! It allows me to escape from all that exists within grey borders and fall into a universe that can be whatever I could dream or imagine. I feel I am able to challenge the perceptions that have been constructed for us as adults.
What’s the most recent project you worked on?
At the end of last year I worked with Anna Spiro, an amazing interior designer. I created a big, bright centre piece for her shop in New Farm.