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Solo Exhibition, Slow Water

Solo exhibition at Beaver galleries in Canberra, Australia

May 11-17, 2023

Slow Water

I have been fascinated with looking into and within water for a while now. There is an inherent abstraction in the mesmerising patterns of light and shadow that play out on the surface in a constant state of flux and transience that I find compelling. Water keeps drawing me back in. It conjures a state of reverie and contemplation.

 I think of the surface of water as a threshold space, a place of liminality, an intermediate or transitional space between the known and unknown, between the cacophonous sounds of life above and the imperceptible sounds below. The linear tracery of ripples and shadows on the surface echoes a planar view of river systems in the landscape, patterns of veins or wrinkled skin.

 Most recently I’ve been thinking about the rhythm of my painting process, in particular the repetitive act of painting thousands of tiny brush marks that have become a kind of signature mark making in my paintings. For me, painting them reflects a pace that echoes the rhythms of the body - the pulse of the heartbeat, the steady rhythm of breathing or the quiet repetition of footfall while walking through the landscape. The accumulation of these tiny lines creates a sequential field of marks reminiscent of the minute ripples of light and shadow on the surface of water that is both minute and expansive at the same time. They are the pulse of the landscape in a flow of continuity - shuddering and vibrating with life, sound and energy, which in turn is perceived and experienced within and throughout the body. Sometimes I think of my paintings as a sound score to the pulse of water.

 These paintings are about a state of mind - a way of being in and within a landscape, of sitting still for long enough to perceive a place resonate within one’s own body, as much as they are reflections on the life of water.

 “If you would experience a landscape, you must go alone into it and sit down somewhere quietly and wait for it to come in its own good time”Paul Gruchow, The Necessity of Empty Places, 1988

News

March

07

Water Sky, Solo exhibition, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Exhibition of paintings by Sue Lovegrove

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April

29

Solo Exhibition, Slow Water

Solo exhibition at Beaver Galleries Canberra

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August

18

Solo exhibition, The Invisible Lake, Bett Gallery Hobart

Upcoming exhibition, The Invisible Lake, Bett Gallery Hobart

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August

01

Finalist in Hadley's Art Prize 2022, Hobart

Finalist in Hadley's Art Prize 2022, Hobart

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July

27

Finalist in RANT Womens Art Prize 2022 Tasmania

Finalist in RANT Womens Art Prize 2022 Tasmania

No 568, 2021,
April

06

Solo exhibition, The river flows through you 

I am very pleased to announce that my solo exhibition 'The river flows through you' is on at Gallerysmith, Melbourne until 25 April 2022.

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April

06

Finalist in Alice Prize, 2022

I am thrilled to announce I am a finalist in the 2022 alice Prize.

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November

21

Sydney Contemporary 2021, in Hobart at Bett Gallery

Sydney Contemporary 2021, in Hobart at Bett Gallery

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June

03

Finalist in 2021 Bay of Fires Art Prize, Tasmania

I am pleased to announce that my painting 'Surfacing' No 561 is a finalist in 2021 Bay of Fires Art Prize, Tasmania

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April

10

Review of recent exhibition, Waterholes and Wetlands, Beaver Galleries Canberra

Fabulous review by Sasha Grishin of my recent exhibition, Waterholes and Wetlands at Beaver Galleries, Canberra. The exhibition features miniature paintings on paper and larger works on archival board that explore the ephemeral life and sounds of small unassuming bodies of freshwater in the landscape.

Review - Canberra Times 100421

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