Sue Brown has been a professional artist for 15 years. Her work is inspired by nature and been driven by exploring intaglio printmaking techniques. In 2009 Sue embarked on a 3 year part time MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England, graduating with a distinction in 2012. It was during this period of study that Sue explored printmaking with enamel and added 3 dimensional pieces in enamel and metal to her body of work.
Sue continues to make collagraph prints but alongside her printmaking she is experimenting with enamel application, combining digital and screen printed transfers with sifted and wet enamel on both copper and steel substrates. Sue also likes to add ready-made objects to her pieces.
The work Sue has developed for Crafted falls into two collections:-
The whimsical Ladies and Gentlemen can be worn as brooches or displayed as small decorative figures. These characters are inspired by the potter Grayson Perry’s alter ego, Claire, Sue also acknowledges the influences of the artists, Caroline Mc Catty, Teesha Moore and Julie Arkell, but there is also a direct reference to Terry Gilliam’s work in Monty Python and the characters of Tim Burton. Sue sees wearing these figures as a modern take on the ancient tradition in most cultures around the world of wearing dolls for protection, and good luck.
The spoons are inspired by our emotional response to swarms and inundations of insect life. We are inspired and intrigued by insects in their natural habitat, but when we encounter them in our domestic environment we become unnerved. Sue describes this contradiction using repurposed ready-made objects, steel fabrication and enamel.