This week we will be featuring Susan Absolon as the highlighted artist within our REFLECTION SERIES and looking at a selection of her paintings.
“I use painting to explore aspects of lived, reported or imagined experience. Mostly, I gravitate towards material that reflects female experience, ideas of mortality, or social dysfunction. If a specific narrative underpins an individual work, which usually it does, it’s not the narrative itself that I want to explore, but rather the sense of disquiet, separateness or perplexity that I have felt about it. I try to find a way of making paintings in an idiom that is neither narrative nor wholly figurative. An interest in semantics and the slippery interplay between visual and verbal language underpin my approach to painting. I work without a preconceived scheme of things, and rely entirely on the making process itself to lead me. Specific direction, a kind of honing in, comes towards the end, either by reference to collected words and phrases, laid aside for their resonance, or by glimpsing a hint of an image in the paint that begins to determine the sort of painting it will be.”
Paintings have been included in open exhibitions across the UK – at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The London Group Open, The RWA Open, BEEP Wales, The Discerning Eye, LHS Winter Group Exhibition. Susan has also exhibited in Sheffield, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Rye and London. She was shortlisted for the Rye Winter Salon prize in 2017 and twice longlisted for the Contemporary British Painting prize. In 2019 she was invited to take part in ‘Supernature’ – a travelling exhibition curated by PaintLounge. In 2018, Linden Hall Studio hosted the 2-person exhibition ‘In Two Minds’.