We all have an image of ourselves eating an ice cream at a birthday party, lining up for a family portrait, performing in the school play, if not we recognise the form. These photographs provide the evidence for the construction of our personal narratives. The desire for unique moments, the significant point in the story, is a powerful desire.
But what do we do with this desire, based upon values deriving from the capture or representation of something unique, when we live in a culture built upon the ability to repeat? A culture where mass (re) production guarantees consistency, where to cut, paste and copy is only two clicks of one hand?
We sift through a flood of representational images which are portrayals of conventions rather than evidence of the content they purport to show.
My work centres around drawings developed from collaged photocopies of anonymous internet images. The drawings exaggerate processes of repetition and conventions of posed portraiture, whilst maintaining the nostalgic desire for the unique hand-crafted work.
Susannah Douglas (b.1981 Belfast, N Ireland) studied MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art (2009-2010) and BA Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art (2000-2003).
Winter, Peek a Boo Gallery, Perth, Australia
Party Favours, joint show with Bethan Hamilton, Paper Gallery, Manchester
Griffin Art Prize, London
The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London
End of the Line, Paper Gallery, Manchester
Art Lacuna Prize, Art Lacuna, London
#3, Paper Gallery, Manchester
Dangerous Curves Ahead, Bermondsey Project Space, London
Incube8, Motorcade Flashparade, Bristol
London Art Fair (with Charlie Smith Gallery)
Supermarket, Stockholm (with Paper Gallery)
Manchester Contemporary (with Paper Gallery)
Sluice Art Fair, London (with Paper Gallery)
Florence Trust 2014-2015
St George’s, Ascot, Berkshire 2009-2010
100 London Artists Vol 2, Edward Lucie Smith and Zavier Ellis, 2014
Jerwood Drawing Prize, catalogue, 2013
The Public Catalogue Foundation, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 2006