Susan Stockwell, ‘Sail Away’, 2016, CMA: Benefit Auction 2016

Susan Stockwell creates delicately provocative works in sculpture, drawing, collage, installation and film that transform the overlooked materials of everyday life. Stockwell explains that her practice is ‘primarily concerned with transformation’; she employs the disposable industrial and domestic materials that pervade everyday life, most often paper. The paper she uses is heavily inscribed with its intended use - maps, dressmaking patterns, toilet tissue, books, calligraphy paper - or a past use that designates it as waste - coffee filters, tea bags, torn packaging. She chooses these materials because they ‘act as ready-made signifiers’, which she can sculpt and combine in ways that delicately reveal their obscured politics and hidden beauty.


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