Susan Connolly: Interview

Susan Connolly, Unexpected Logic, acrylic and household paint and medium, wood s
Susan Connolly, Unexpected Logic, acrylic and household paint and medium, wood support and canvas, 300 x 190cm, 2011 (courtesy of the artist)

Dougal McKenzie interviews artist Susan Connolly about her work and process.

Connolly comments: "Most of my studio work comes from time spent looking; considering and questioning much of what I see, read or experience in relation to making objects. I have an established painting process and I am very aware of my methods of working with the material(s) I have chosen to explore, mainly (physical) paint; it is then a process of how to rethink the discipline/ material without sacrificing the medium of paint." She continues: "I am interested in all aspects of painting/ art, and such labels can limit one’s own interpretation or possible engagement with art that is of value and work that can be of influence. I think it is a very exciting time to be thinking about painting, with all the rhetoric of ‘death’ within the medium proving sheer nonsense again and again. Theory is one way of painting assessing itself but there are many others with very different outcomes, pluralist you might say, but all good and adding to the continued development of painting as a discipline and not painting as a project."