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
Her influences are many and include artists
such as Tony Cragg, Mona Hatoum, Louise Borgeous, Joseph Cornell
and Rebecca Horne.
If you are, or know of any local
artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.