Join us for our first show in our Woolloomooloo gallery! Susie Dureau’s solo FATHOMS will run from 3-20 May 2023. Join her for an artist’s talk on Saturday 20 May.
Nature is at the forefront of Susie Dureau’s latest body of work, titled Fathoms. It is the language of light and colour, texture and tone. These works are experiential – the viewer is invited into them to experience a conversation between the body and the mind and emotion.
Explains Susie: “The word fathom has two meanings. One is a measurement, and the other is a reckoning. Both require an understanding of the shape of the world around us. Chiefly used to measure the depth of water, a fathom derives from the Old English word meaning outstretched arms and measures the approximate space from fingertip to fingertip across the heart space of an adult human. Fathom also means understanding a complex idea. The word offers an insight into the human condition, not as Western thinkers have previously proposed, a state of mind over body or human over nature but a complex weaving of anatomies and minds, human and landscape together.”
“The coastal landscape, the environment my body is intricately connected to, offers a compelling sensory field for me to explore my being – this is why I am drawn to it.” Continues Susie, “My painting practice engages a method of cultivated curiosity: slowing down and attuning my senses to the landscape, thereby accessing embodied knowledge that arises from thinking and feeling in unison.”