Together with the The Collectors Club of Western Australia we are pleased to announce the selection of the 2020 John Stringer Prize finalists. JCG recognises that now more than ever we need to support our local creatives through our campaign #support4WAartists.
Susan Roux is a South African born Western Australian artist. Roux’s most recent career highlights include being awarded the Joondalup Art Prize (2018), City of Wanneroo Community Art Award – Highly Commended (2018). Minawarra Art Award – Highly Commended (2018). Roux’s work was also part of the HERE AND NOW exhibition at Lawrence Wilson – UWA (2019). Her work forms part of collections at The North Metropolitan TAFE, The City of Joondalup as well as a number of private collectors.
Susan’s work is a critique on and response to cultural and social change regarding gender and body politics. The work often takes specific historical events as her point of departure, conveying burdens and conflicts with precise and economical means. The vulnerability of the human body as experienced in specifically the female body yield theme, mark, and visual language. Touch educe the body as tactile territory, while mark and stitch mark its boundaries.
An obsessive and repetitive working process aims to engage viewers in connecting with their senses, body, and mind. The rhythmic, cyclical acts of smocking, stitching, marking, and unmarking by hand arrest time to both recall and urge a contemplative search that could possibly stretch beyond the immediate and the mundane, beyond the abject body.