Landfall, 2015 Acrylic and plaster on panel 20 x 20 x 4 cm Unframed - the work hangs directly on the wall without a frame
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Following a twelve year career in architecture Susan Laughton studied fine art at The Bolton Institute. Since graduating in 2002 her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK and in 2012 she was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize. Susan lives and works in Cheshire.
My paintings and drawings evolve from half-remembered glimpses seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography, the dislocated reverie of long car journeys, or from more studied compositions.
The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque or static view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colour from which my reductive personal responses develop. Man made structures in particular impose their presence: telegraph poles, fences, power lines, isolated buildings – structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time and distance.
Process and materials are important to me as a way of allowing the paintings to emerge as objects in their own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to plan and take risks: to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if…’
Recent exhibitions include: Drawn, 2015, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 21 March – 7 June 2015 www.rwa.org.uk