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Susan Collis
updated: 05/28/2009
website: www.seventeengallery.com/index.php?p=2
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Monarch
Monarch
100% Cotton
100% Cotton
One day...
One day...
One day...
Boris
Boris
Substance Misuse III
Also ran
Also ran
Also ran
Substance Misuse VI
Substance Misuse VI
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, obsessive, repetition
 
 
Monarch by Susan Collis
Monarch
Biro inks and pencil on paper, assembled
2008
24" x  11"  x 20" 
Monarch by Susan Collis
Monarch
Biro inks and pencil on paper, assembled
2008
24" x  11"  x 20" 
100% Cotton by Susan Collis
100% Cotton
Overalls, embroidery thread
2004
63" x  12"  x 4" 
100% Cotton by Susan Collis
100% Cotton
Overalls, embroidery thread
2004
63" x  12"  x 4" 
One day...  by Susan Collis
One day...
Digital animation from hand drawn cells, 24 hr duration
2008 - present
Dimensions variable
One day...  by Susan Collis
One day...
Digital animation from hand drawn cells, 24 hr duration, Screen grab
2008 - present
Dimensions variable
One day...  by Susan Collis
One day...
Digital animation from hand drawn cells, 24 hr duration, Screen grab
2008 - present
Dimensions variable
Boris by Susan Collis
Boris
Biro inks and pencil on paper, assembled
2008
15" x  13"  x 10" 
Boris by Susan Collis
Boris
Biro inks and pencil on paper, assembled
2008
15" x  13"  x 10" 
Substance Misuse III by Susan Collis
Substance Misuse III
Black biro ink on white paper
2006
23" x  31" 
Also ran by Susan Collis
Also ran
Wooden stepladder, mother of pearl, white opal, brazilian opal, fossil coral, marble, seed pearl, freshwater pearl, cultured pearl, diamond, white howlite, tree agate
2008
40" x  28"  x 13" 
Also ran by Susan Collis
Also ran
Wooden stepladder, mother of pearl, white opal, brazilian opal, fossil coral, marble, seed pearl, freshwater pearl, cultured pearl, diamond, white howlite, tree agate
2008
40 " x  28 "  x 13 " 
Also ran by Susan Collis
Also ran
Wooden stepladder, mother of pearl, white opal, brazilian opal, fossil coral, marble, seed pearl, freshwater pearl, cultured pearl, diamond, white howlite, tree agate
2008
40" x  28"  x 13" 
Substance Misuse VI by Susan Collis
Substance Misuse VI
Black biro ink on white paper
2008
31" x  23" 
Substance Misuse VI by Susan Collis
Substance Misuse VI
Black biro ink on white paper
2008
31" x  23" 

Artist Statement
Susan Collis uses different types of trompe-l’oeil effects in order to investigate issues concerning identity, craft, value and labour. Everyday objects are presented etched, splattered and stained with marks of work, wear and tear.  At first glace, the marks seem to be the accidental results of another activity that occurred elsewhere, and as such seem worthless and easily ignored.  Collis is interested in the shift of perception that takes place upon discovery that they are, in fact, intentional and primary activities themselves. As such much of Collis’ work can go un-noticed, but therefore also rewards thorough investigation by the viewer, who may or may not discover the hidden labour and disguised value embedded within her objects.

Artist Bio / CV
b. 1956 Lives and works in London
Solo Exhibitions
2008        Sweat, SEVENTEEN, London
2008        Susan Collis, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2008        Why did I think this was a good idea, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Texas
2007        The grand scheme of things, The City Gallery, Leicester
2007        Don’t get your hopes up, SEVENTEEN, London (with publication)
2004        I know all about you  - Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
2003-4    Engineer, Beaconsfield Gallery, London


Group Exhibitions

2008        Presque Rien, Laure Genillard, London, Curated by Gavin Turk
2008        Susan Collis & Graham Dolphin, Galeria Leyendecker, Spain
2008        Lure, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris
2008        Out of the Ordinary, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
2007        Out of the Ordinary, The V&A Museum, London (with publication)
2007        An Archaeology, Project Space 176, The Zabludowicz Collection (with publication)
2007        Isobar, Fieldgate Gallery, London
2007        Citadel 1, Front Room/Killing Room, David Risley Gallery, London
2007        Business as Usual, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
2006        Until it makes sense, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
2006        Until it makes sense, SEVENTEEN, London
2005-6     Arttextiles3, Touring Exhibition
2005        Taking a line for a walk, The Place, Letchworth
2005        Chronic Epoch, Beaconsfield Gallery, London
2005        Drawing 200, The Drawing Room, London
2005        Oriel Mostyn Open 2005, Llandudno, Wales
2004        Free From the Itch of Desire, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2004        Emergency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
2002-3     Jerwood Drawing Prize 2002, Touring Exhibition
2002         Notably, Pump House Gallery, London

Education

2000 – 2002    Royal College of Art, London. MA Sculpture
1997 – 2000    Chelsea School of Art and Design, London .BA (Hons) Sculpture


Selected Bibliography

The Bizarre Perfection, Suzanne Landau, The Israel Museum, 2008
Susan Collis and Kay Rosen, Art Monthly, James Clegg, Oct 2008
The Times, Nancy Durrant, 26th July 2008, The Knowledge p. 26-28
Susan Collis, Art World, Paul Carey Kent, Aug/Sept 08
Out of the Ordinary, Laurie Briton Newell, V&A Publications 2007
Don’t get your hopes up, SEVENTEEN, 2007
An Archaeology, Zabludowicz Collection, 2007
Bon Magazine, Spring 2007, Friere Barnes