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I am a visual artist based in Perth, Scotland, working between the disciplines of sculpture, painting, and installation. I have exhibited work both in the UK and internationally over the past three decades. 

My work involves embracing processes which give rise to uncertainty, unpredictable encounters, and surprising outcomes. I am concerned with ways of knowing and being working alongside materials whilst uncovering metaphoric associations connected to things in and of themselves. For many years I have been interested in exploring what objects do in a field of visual representation.

‘Objects have a tendency to play hide and seek.’

Jane Bennett

My art school training began at Central St. Martins School of Art & Design with a foundation course before travelling and working overseas, settling in Australia where I studied painting at Sydney College of the Arts, graduating with a first-class honours degree. I was awarded an Australian Post Graduate Award for an MVA at Sydney College of the Arts, funded by the University of Sydney, and continued working in Sydney exhibiting both locally and interstate for many years. I relocated back to Scotland In 2000 and continued to work whilst raising two small children and in 2014  I returned to research as an MFA in Art & Humanities student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. I have been a tenant of WASPS since 2015 in both Dundee and more recently in the city where I live, Perth, Scotland.

In 2020 I returned to academia as a post graduate researcher, and am currently a practice-led PhD candidate at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, materially supported by Binn Group waste resource company. My research explores Matters of Entanglement: making and metaphor as expansive ways of being and thinking. I often work with discarded waste matter and reconsider and re-evaluate complex relationships and entanglements between human and more-than-human worlds focussing on ways of challenging human exceptionalism through creative practice. My research will culminate in a series of exhibited outcomes and a written exegesis. I teach part-time and facilitate community arts projects in various locations. I have a PGCAPHE teaching certificate from The University of Dundee.

About Susie Johnston