Susan Mabin

What inspires your art practice?
I am inspired by the world around me. Being able to respond to and express ideas and experiences in this world with a visual and material language is satisfying. Art is a tool for expressing the beautiful, the good, the bad and the ugly.

What materials do you work in?
I am a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and video. I use whatever method and materials that will best express the idea I am working on.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Humans create grand monuments to people and events that leave us with a rich history of sculpture but often the reality behind these monuments is power and control in some form over the multitudes. Using clay for the figurative component and concrete with embedded objects to create the plinths, Unmonumental is a collection of sculptures that are not grand, but memorials to everyday humanity, the ordinary, the survivor, the broken, the contemplative, the thoughtful, the unforgiving, the ruined, and the forgettable.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Muse Art Gallery, Havelock North. The Contemporary Room. Hastings.

Where did you study?
Ideaschool, Eastern Institute of Technology. Hawkes Bay.

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