Sue Martin

Current Collection

MONOPRINTS

 

Sue Martin
Artist Statement

My African Garden

“What does the artist do? He draws connections. He ties the invisible threads between things. He
dives into history, be it the history of mankind, the geological history of the Earth or the beginning and end of the manifest cosmos ” -Anselm Kiefer

Over the past year, my studio transformed and became what | like to refer to as my ‘magic garden’. An environment of fantasy and wonder where | found myself spending hours exploring and playing. I found beauty in my artworks and the various materials that surrounded me.

Like a garden | need light, and | allow this light to shine out of my work. Love is light.
This body of work is a celebration of life and it’s fragility.

This show comprises a body of new paintings, monoprints and etchings. The series of monoprints began evolving last year as a response to the death of my Mother. Her passion was her garden. Unlike the wild indigenous garden that | have surrounding my home, my mother’s garden was an English country-style garden, comprising of many exotic plants carefully pruned into compliance. She spent hours maintaining her garden, she planted in ‘beds’, along boundary walls and around the house: neat, orderly and clipped back.

My images of peonies, poppies and dahlias are a nostalgic reference to these past memories.
Juxtaposed with images from my own indigenous garden, which is wild, unruly and left to self-seed and regenerate, as the seasons come and go.

The Iris, referenced in my “Lie of the Land” series, represents a colonial, bygone era, blooming only for a short period of time. Its exotic, foreign beauty strangely out of place in the harsh highveld landscape.

In the “Cartographer’s Notes” series, | have worked onto the surface of found maps, which take on a more botanical theme. Plants and places that | have seen and visited, have reemerged onto the surface, in a bright and spontaneous way. The limited edition of etchings, with their sketch-like quality, denotes a field study, capturing the essence of a plant seen in nature, to be taken home and reworked in the studio.

“But  I believe above all that | wanted to build the palace of my memory, because my memory is my only homeland.”

-Anselm Kiefer

All the prints were done in collaboration with printer Bevan de Wet at Eleven Editions.

 

 

 

 

 

Twilight

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

African Garden IV

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

African Garden V

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Aloe II

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Aloe

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Amongst the Tress IV

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Amongst the Trees V

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

A Walk in the Woods

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

Amongst the Trees III

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

End of Summer I

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

End of Summer II

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

 

Fading Beauty

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

Dancing Orchids

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Freshly Picked

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Iris Memories

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Contemplation

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Wild Ginger

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Halcyon Days I

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Misty Morning

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

Tropical Daze

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

The Bouquet

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

Abandoned Mine I

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R10 000 unframed

 

 

 

Abandoned Mine II

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

The Train Track I

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

The Train Track II

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Meander Lines

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

Quiet Waters

Mono type print

75cm x 77cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

Sunrise

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

The Phalaenopsis I

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

The Phalaenopsis II

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Reflections

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

Tranquility

Mono type print

57cm x 75cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Contemplation

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

From My Garden

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Dahlias I

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Pink Symphony

Mono type print

57cm x 75cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

Halcyon Days II

Mono type print

57cm x 75cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Opera Orange

Mono type print

57cm x 75cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Garden Shade

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

 

Night Orchids

Mono type print

75cm x 57cm

R9 800 unframed

 

 

The Pottinger

Mono type print

69cm x 48cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Spring

Mono type print

36cm x 48cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Autumn

Mono type print

36cm x 48cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Fresh Cuttings I

Mono type print

35cm x 47cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Fresh Cuttings II

Mono type print

35cm x 47cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Garden Roses

Mono type print

35cm x 47cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Reflection I

Mono type print

47cm x 35cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Reflection II

Mono type print

47cm x 35cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Resting Point

Mono type print

37cm x 45cm

R4 600 unframed

 

The River

Mono type print

37cm x 45cm

R4 600 unframed

 

The Pond

Mono type print

36cm x 45cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Moon Glow

Mono type print

36cm x 45cm

R4 600 unframed

 

African Bloom I

Mono type print

47cm x 35cm

R4 600 unframed

 

African Bloom II

Mono type print

47cm x 35cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Cattleya Orchid

Mono type print

47cm x 35cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Joy

Mono type print

47cm x 35cm

R4 600 unframed

 

Harmony

Mono type print

47cm x 35cm

R4 600 unframed