An exhibition by local Artist Sue Butler.
Sue’s work centres around the use of paint and/or drawing materials on collaged surfaces. Originally inspired by peeling paint and fly posting – the elements left after the ravages of time and the harsh elements of the weather – resulting in visuals of decaying layers, a juxtaposition of colour and textures.
All the pieces begin with collage, arranging and sticking onto recycled canvases. In using canvases that have seen another life, there is undictated variety of sizes and preformed textural elements to work in to.
The collages can consist of self-printed works, painted papers, antique book pages, maps & atlases, old drawings, wallpaper, serviettes, magazines & catalogues etc. by using the collage as a basis, Sue adds acrylic paint and various other textual mediums, sometimes drawing into the work as it appears with charcoal or oil pastel.
“Working intuitively, with the canvas hinting at the direction that particular composition might go. In effect, it is leading me, but there is always the choice of what I will cover up and what I will leave. I can have several canvases on the go at once, with them all at different stages.
I enjoy the process of working through the layers, adding more collage and/or paint as I go, building them up as the paintings start to take on their own identity. Finishing with collaged or painted images adds to the story.”
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