My work focuses on figures in a wilderness which may be literal (polar ice) or metaphorical (superstores). I often paint in thin veils of acrylic or watercolour which burst boundaries and destroy contours to show figures as stretched, unstable and vulnerable to change. And such mutation is not just change within the human but beyond it, with figures turned into humanoid, hybrid things or into blots, silhouettes and abstract shapes. The representational image being overtaken by abstraction is important to me, partly because it feels like a way of challenging the figure's secure identity but also because it is a way of showing the familiar tipping over into the unfamiliar, of reaching a point where the recognisable gives way to something unnamed. Before finding out what an object is, I like the sensation of an obscure presence that reminds me of something as yet unlabelled. It dramatises and contrasts two ways of seeing: in terms of names or of nameless shapes. It is attempt to get behind the familiar to a sensation of mystery.
|Activities||Lecturing, Private commissions, Critical writing|
|Artforms / type of project||Digital, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking|
|Tags||Light, Figures, Dining Rooms, supermarkets, women, Deserts, Religion, Metamorphosis, animals, Consumption|
News & Events
Cornelius Foundation, Lagamas, France
I shall be an artist in residence here in October.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
I shall be talking about my work and my John Moores painting "Freezer" at 1pm on 4th Nov. in The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London SW1
I have been selected for this annual exhibition of figurative painting with a painting entitled "Morne Diablotin", done from visiting Dominica.
Derwent Art Prize
15/09/2014 – 20/09/2014
Mall Galleries, London SW1
Exhibition of works made in pencil
Guardian journalist Carole Jahme in conversation with Susie Hamilton
29/05/2014 – 29/05/2015
Carole Jahme's blog
Studio interview/video to coincide with my show at Paul Stolper Gallery
Carole Jahme and Susie Hamilton in conversation
Studio video/interview with Guardian journalist, Carole Jahme. http://carolejahme.blogspot.co.uk/
John Moores Painting Prize
I have been selected for this exhibition with one of my "Freezer" paintings.
The John Moores Painting Prize
05/07/2014 – 30/11/2014
The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
52 artists selected in painting exhibition