Sue Platt lives in Saddleworth and has a studio at Woodend Mill, Mossley near Ashton under Lyne. She has a 1st class Honours degree in the Visual Arts and a PGCE in Art and& Design. She spent a number of years teaching predominantly printmaking at various colleges including the former Bolton Institute (now the University of Bolton), Oldham College and at Gallery Oldham.
Rooted very much in Art and Science, Sue works in a variety of media: sculpture, installation, printmaking, painting and mixed media . Being somewhat of a collector of oddities, has translated into her work, particularly the assemblages which include found objects alongside other materials. In formal terms, the work involves rigid structures and organic forms which can be clearly observed throughout the body of work, curios’ encased in boxes and containers. She says of her working practice:
“I am fascinated by the notion of discovering and collecting objects and placing them in new contexts, but more importantly, of how they are displayed and ordered. Of particular interest are Wonder Room Collections from as early as the 1600s to the early 1900s.
Found objects have an inherent history and even when placed in a new context, still maintain a link with their previous existence. An object when placed behind glass is invested with a “preciousness”. It becomes protected and untouchable. ”
Sue’s printmaking is also quite eclectic. She works mainly with the monoprint and collagraph techniques, whilst incorporating etchings and linocuts into them. She also uses a process called Chine Colle which involves embedding fine handmade Japanese papers into the body of the print.
“My concern is about acquiring objects and materials and transforming them into artefacts that are both precious and mysterious.”
Sue has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions, including, the Drumcroon Art Centre, Wigan Greenpeace Exhibition in Aberdeen, Dean Clough, Touring exhibition from Halifax to London, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester etc, and has work in corporate and private collections.
Her influences are many and include artists such as Tony Cragg, Mona Hatoum, Louise Borgeous, Joseph Cornell and Rebecca Horne.
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