“In the act of painting, tensions exist between the emotional and intellectual and the making of representations. Dynamic engagement between subject matter and painted surface creates a stage for the play of feeling, thought and sensory stimulation. My paintings are environments—interior, exterior or a combination—recapturing memories, feelings, experiences, recognitions, sentiments and atmospheres.”
Sue Crozier Thorburn will exhibit outside Afriart Gallery, Kenneth Dale Crescent (off Kira Rd), Kamwokya.
Sue Crozier Thorburn is a painter, born and educated in England. She graduated from Central St Martin’s School of Art at the London Institute in 1987. Since then her work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions across the UK including the London Institute Gallery and Heffers Gallery in Cambridge. As both a performer and residential visual artist, Sue formed part of the Icon Dance Company in Cambridge for ten years. In 2000 she participated in the Santa Fe Multi Media Event in Ely, UK, a collaborative arts project including film, poetry, dance, painting and music. Sue moved to Kampala in 2010 where she currently lives and works. In March this year she held her debut exhibition in Uganda at Umoja Art Gallery, Kampala.
‘Stillness Contained’ sets out to create a sensorial space that mediates a feeling of tranquillity. By placing large scale canvases on the walls of the container Sue successfully transforms the space into an enclosed three-dimensional experience dictated entirely by the painting on the canvas. The paintings carry little imagery but are powerful in their depiction of form, shape and colour. Sue explains, “My work is purely abstract which allows the viewer to establish their own interpretation.”
The circle features as a repetitive element and refers to “the universality of the sun and moon; circles being both harmonious and transcendental. This creates, on each individual canvas, an accumulating dream-like sensory world of light and movement.” She explains that the intention is to achieve, within the confines of the industrial space of the container, an arrested time frame and a connection with the stillness within the viewer.
Responding to the festival criteria to both install an art work in a public space and to engage the public, Sue uses the circle as a universal symbol that everyone can relate to. Her circles however are not perfect shapes centred on the canvas but individual forms which stand in communication with their surroundings and appear to move across the canvas.
In addition, Sue uses block lines of colour used as abstract representations of a landscape which contrast with the shape of the circle and compliment the imagery of the paintings.
The colours are very much influenced by Sue’s perception of her foreign surroundings: “I absorb the colours from the environment” she explains, “and aim to transmit an atmosphere of intimate consciousness contrary to the austere exterior of the container.”
‘Stillness Contained’ is kindly supported by Sheraton Kampala.