Susan Illingworth - 'As Bright As a Button'
Wednesday 10 - Saturday 27 March 2021
As a Melbourne-based artist, Susan Illingworth's artistic aesthetic is to explore the world of Heritage/Vintage/Architecture/Interior Design and its associated landscape, which is a personal passion. The concepts are theatrical, humorous, mysterious and dark to engage the audience and lure them back to reanalyse the layers.
As a twist, this series As Bright as a Button, deriving from an old-fashioned British term, has a vibrant, edgy, energetic and cheerful nature on a psychedelic pop surrealistic landscape. 2D works are focused on Neo-Victorian/Edwardian, with the language being a light version of collage themed with backdrops of settings in Melbourne, regional Victoria and Brisbane, Queensland. The technique is a mix of photography, digital with an overlay of hand painted acrylic on canvas. It combines the texture/colour with a cut and paste effect of found, gathered and photographed objects of desire: a hunter and gatherer creating an improvised surreal collage scheme which can be unexpected in context on canvas.