Saturday, 19 March 2016

Exhale: SEED STITCH Contemporary Textile Exhibition

Suzanne Davey Exhale, fabric, resin, thread, steel 140cm x 60cm x 60cm

Exhale featured in SEED STITCH Contemporary Textiles, an exhibtion curated by distinguished artist Soraya Abidin.  Exhale aims to investigate moments in-between: between our conscious and unconscious states and the interior and exterior spaces we exist in as we navigate the the whirl of known and unknown factors in our contemporary world.

Recieving the Betty Stirton award. From left Artist and SEED STITCH curator Soraya Abidin,
Betty Stirtons neice, Betty Stirton OAM and Suzanne Davey

I was thrilled to win the Betty Stirton Award! Betty Stirton OAM dedicated herself to textile education as a TAFE teacher for 35 years.


Thursday, 19 November 2015

What Remains: SALTWATER exhibition Manly Art Gallery

Suzanne Davey, What Remains, ceramic, salt, 50cm x 250cm x 100cm
What Remains features in SALTWATER, an exhibition currently on at Manly Art Gallery. The ceramic sculpture and salt installation responds to the ocean as a dystopic landscape. It explores the sea as a place where contemporary human dramas are played out as people seek sanctuary and safe harbour, and as a site of irreversible ecological and geographical loss in a climate changed future. The work is a fragile memorial relic that references our complex cultural, psychological and corporeal connections to the ocean through motifs of human and marine anatomy as well as maritime architecture. Despite human loss and environmental destruction 'what remains' is the chance to seek new responses and political solutions to human struggles.

SALTWATER celebrates the vibrant arts community of Sydney’s Northern Beaches at Manly Art Gallery and showcases new art works by 45 Northern Beaches artists.
The exhibiting artists have taken inspiration from a single theme - Saltwater. “The concept of ‘Saltwater’ has been a recurring area of interest for Manly Art Gallery & Museum throughout 2015 and was chosen to reflect the multiple possibilities and perspectives of saltwater as an idea, a metaphor, a possibility, a physical place and as a cultural presence,” said Senior Curator Katherine Roberts. Saltwater includes photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, glass and ceramics.
Suzanne Davey, What Remains, ceramic, salt, 50cm x 250cm x 100cm

Suzanne Davey, What Remains, ceramic, salt, 50cm x 250cm x 100cm

Public Art Project Avalon Art Carnivale 7-21 November

Windsongs public art installation and flags both feature in the public art carnivale at Avalon. Created by Suzanne Davey, Christina Frank and Lisa Marshall they feature reconfigured discarded umbrellas and together they speak of fragility and the power of transformation.

Suzane Davey, Christina frank, Lisa Marshall Windsongs public art installation, mixed media 350 x550 x 400cm

Monday, 7 September 2015

Shadow Pop Up Sculpture Mosman Festival

Suzanne Davey, Shadow, 250cm x 300cm x 90cm, steel, styrofoam, paper pulp, paint

Shadow is a sculptural response by artist Suzanne Davey to the opening of the Mosman Art Gallery exhibition The Unending Shadow, an exhibition of artworks by prominent Australian mother and daughter artists, Ann and Sophie Cape. Together they have made a series of challenging new artworks exploring the phenomena of Dementia and its impact within the community. The exhibition examines the emotional and psychological ‘spaces’ that people with dementia inhabit, as well as those of their family, friends and loved ones. Works can be seen Thursday 10 September-Sunday 29 November 2015. Shadow is a pop up sculpture for Mosman Festival 2015.

Friday, 4 September 2015

The Gravity of Moments

Suzanne Davey, The Gravity of Moments, fabric, steel, resin, 350cm x 350cm x 350cm

The Gravity of Moments is a large suspended installation that flutters in the breeze. The work is featured in Sculpture in the Glen, along with 50 local, national and international artists work and includes small indoor and large outdoor sculptures in a variety of media. The exhibition is curated by Penny Philpott and celebrates Glen Street Theatre's 30th anniversary. It opens 5 September and continues untill 25 October 2015. The ethereal sculpture responds to its theatrical site and bushland gardens.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Harbour Sculpture

Harbour Sculpture 2015, featuring 88 artists; 51 indoor and 61 outdoor sculptures

Suzanne Davey, Echo of Invisible Things, clothing, resin, 240cm x 140cm x 100cm

Suzanne Davey, Echo of Invisible Things, clothing, resin, 240cm x 140cm x 100cm

Suzanne Davey, Echo of Invisible Things, clothing, resin, 240cm x 140cm x 100cm

Suzanne Davey, Echo of Invisible Things, clothing, resin, 240cm x 140cm x 100cm

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Unfurling

Suzanne Davey The Unfurling 10m x 3m x 2m, recycled clothing, resin, steel

The Unfurling is a large scale site responsive installation of suspended body 'voids' created from recyled clothing and resin, harnessing wind and light. The work was exhibited as part of the North Sydney Art Prize 2015 at the Coal Loader Waverton.  The site is located on the shores of Sydney harbour and examines the coast as a place of sanctuary.

The Unfurling is a response to the debate surrounding vulnerable populations arriving on Australian shores and beyond, and the human costs. Individual rights and national interests are given precedence over collective human rights. Tragedy grips people dreaming of sanctuary but who are subjects to forces beyond their control through war, politics and discrimination.

Clothing is utilised as a social and cultural signifier of identity, memory and psychological ties with others. The clothes become traces of the bodies that once occupied them, 'voids', and on mass symbolise the collective struggles of vulnerable people. 

Wind choreographs movement in the collective and subjects them to elemental forces beyond their control. The sculptures are translucent and reflect natural light as they move.

The work was inpired by the poems of Mena Johnson, a poet that I collaborated with for the On Islands project at Eramboo Artist Environment.

The Unfurling installation detail On Islands project

The Unfurling installation view On Islands project

The Unfurling installation video showing movement, On Islands project

The Unfurling installation details On Islands project

The Unfurling bushand installation view On Islands project