Sue Michael’s paintings are often notations from a scanned horizon, glimpses or taxonomical sortings, using the heart as a sensory organ. Larger works consider the complexities of place in a way often overlooked by the passing motorist.
Sue has played within the infinite world that rests between painting and photography for more than 10 years. Her recent trans-disciplinary PhD research focused her attention on bringing the often-overlooked complexities of place-making into form. Her genre painting of regional South Australia shows place’s reciprocal and complex relationships with the natural world.
Lucky Bay Beachshack
Acrylic on canvas 120 x 150 cm
Acrylic on canvas 46 x 92 cm
Site for Nightly Evening Bonfires, Marree
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 120 cm
Barking Brown Dog Chases Car Every Morning 11am, Marree
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 156 cm
Yongala Dressage Ring
Acrylic on canvas 24 x 92 cm
Acrylic on canvas 21 x 152 cm
Mark Thomson’s images in Settled Areas are about never giving up. “There’s a gritty determination to be found in the places and people… yet also a kind of grace and a generosity of spirit. There is an unlikely beauty to be found everywhere, even in the screeching of the galahs as they settle down for the night."
His photography and audio snippets are the products of decades of driving along dusty backroads and stopping to consider the vista.
Mark is the author of numerous books including Blokes & Sheds, Rare Trades, and Meat, Metal and Fire. He is also the creator of the ABC television project The Lost Tools of Henry Hoke.