Sue Martin

Mapping Space Bio

Sue Martin is a South African artist, working primarily in mixed media, contemporary style prints and paintings

Sue grew up in the early 60’s in rural Natal. From an early age she was fascinated by the creative process and went on to study a Fine Arts Degree at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Sue enjoys experimenting with various media, including photography, vintage prints and different surfaces. Her constant is the use of oil pigments, which often sit on the surface, hovering above the landscape. One is faced with a sense of the figures being displaced from their surroundings. “Art is about a journey, an exploration of something that is new and relevant to me.”

The subject matter also offers a snapshot, a moment that is caught, depicting migrant labourers, farm workers and mineworkers. Subject matter that is relevant to her growing up on a farm, observing the ebb and flow of the rural workforce. Sue’s work has relevance, in the sense that her subject matter, the ‘The Migrant’ is captured in such a way that he takes on an identity and a momentous quality. They become ‘heroic’ within the context of my work,” cites Sue.

Sue’s current series of work layers oil paint onto translucent handmade paper into which she has embedded vintage maps and in some cases plants.  The alchemical process of mixing media fascinates her, and here the map within the paper combines with the oil paint to produce images of great depth and beauty. Each painting is achieved through a meditative, creative process. Each mark that is made is reflected upon.