New Viewings curated by Andrew Renton
If sensuality forms a large part of the subject matter explored in Susie Green’s work, so the mediums in which she works reflect a sensual relationship to materials. Highly liquid paints are absorbed into surfaces – an erotics of making, where the making is as seductive as the iconography explored. Subject matter and handling become one. And in turn, the imagery can be turned into repeated forms, motifs, or patterns. This process of reworking takes the image away from the source material while retaining the charge of that point of origin. A larger-than-life version of Susie enigmatically welcomes you to her exhibition, dressed in her own hand-painted sweater. Performance is a key component to Green’s work, but this presentation of herself is offered as a feature of generosity, an ambiguous contrast to the fetish-garb persona of her Club Goddess video. Where is the public or private face?
– Andrew Renton, 2020