8 September to 1 October
Susan Connolly’s Traces of an Activity demonstrates the artist’s playful exploration of paint, she is constantly experimenting and grappling with the possibilities of the medium and its surface. Although her work has a sculptural feel, she describes herself as a painter, one who is interested in creating work that explores the ‘extendable paint surface’ and pushes the boundaries of traditional theories and academic practices with the medium of paint. Connolly is curious about the different ways that you can ‘support’ paint (on a canvas or board) and how you might display a painting, often creating installations directly on the gallery wall or framing work off the wall with steel supports.
In this exhibition, we see Connolly’s ongoing explorations in repetitive layering, cutting, peeling and revealing. Paint, once cut and removed from its structural support reveals residues of its own activity and the alchemical transformation of the layering process. The artist investigates how materials can ‘make themselves’ through handling and process – i.e. the chemical combination in the layering of materials creates its own journey and its own rules, one the artist can’t fully control and so she has to allow the material and its possibilities lead her to a certain extent. Once she begins the cutting and revealing process, the outcome is never clearly defined.