Susan Roux is a South African born, West Australian artist whose art-making process is grounded in works on paper, drawing and sculpture.
Art Form: Mixed Media
Projects With Construkt: Website & Photography
Susan Roux attained her degree in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Honours in drawing at the University of Stellenbosch. She further acquired a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2015 she completed an Advance Diploma in Visual Arts at the North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth. Her Masters’ thesis explored Lacan’s theory on the Mirror Phase. This informed Roux’s use of her inherited history and to work in the post-colonial tradition. Her work analyses and responds to the cultural legacies of colonialism. The work often refers to specific historical events as her points of departure.
Susan Roux’s art-making process is grounded in works on paper, drawing and sculpture. Her work is an investigation of a tactile territory. She uses multi mediums such as ink, wax, thread and paper. Roux creates marks by making use of a sewing machine, photocopier, handmade tools as well as cutting tools.
Paper is her medium of choice as it is a humble material; often large-scale works are used as an installation. She marks or stains the paper with tones of black ink while a further marking will be an engagement with tools as an embodied act. The tools became an extension of her body to mark the Self.
Manufactured hand tools held in the hand and slung over the shoulder to mark the paper are, amongst other methods, a process whereby she teases the surface of the paper in a way that there is an interplay between the artist and the surface, between Self and Other.The tools are made by the artist by hand and almost looks primitive, inspired by traditional tools or even hand mirrors. Some are evocative suggesting the weapons.
The sewing machine, to her, is a tool in paradox. It tears paper at the same time as it repairs it. The gesture of this mark is both violent and reparative in one action. The sewing action allows the artist to be in front of as well as behind, or even go through the paper. The labour and time-consuming act of sewing creates time and distance. Through the near-instant action of tearing and then repairing the paper, giving it a second chance, Susan engages in an action, developing a constant tension between creation and destruction. Tears, cuts and stitches entrap the ink layers and again are gestures of violent and reparative acts at the same time. This all referring to the violent and traumatic landscape where she hails from.
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