Since moving to South Gippsland, much of my work is based on my immediate environment – the paddocks at Agnes, the mudflats at Toora and Port Welshpool. I ingest what I see out there in the world and try to interpret it through my art. Pyrography has been my main genre in recent years. I love using this technique as I associate it so much with drawing and etching. I was steered towards pyrography through growing gourds and by seeing what ethnic cultures did with fire and poker work. My studio is a vast collection of drying gourds, ‘found’ wood and sticks and old wooden materials. It all looks like a ‘dump site’ but I’m often just pondering all my ‘found’ objects and when an idea eventually strikes me, I’m off into my ‘art world’.
I have called my exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery SHELTER. I find the worlds we inhabit to be increasingly strange and unforgiving places, where creatures of all kinds struggle to find shelter, protection and safety in their environments
SUE GILFORD – C.V.
● Diploma of Fine Art (Painting) – Caulfield Institute of Technology
● Post Graduate Diploma (Painting) – Victorian College of the Arts
● Bachelor of Education – Hawthorn Teachers College
● Painting and Drawing – South Australian School of Art
● Painting and Drawing – Warrnambool Institute of Technology
● Painting and Drawing – Wantirna T.A.F.E.
● Victorian College of the Arts
● Preston Institute of Technology
● Box Hill T.A.F.E.
● Footscray T.A.F.E.
Various Secondary schools
Melbourne and South Australia.
Since moving to South Gippsland, I have exhibited at Fish Creek, Meeniyan, Toora, Foster, Yarram and Sale.
I have contributed to many community projects for schools and Indigenous groups.
I’ve had the honour of creating a pyrographic work on the desk at the Wilsons Promontory Information Centre, and have painted a mural in the rotunda at Port Welshpool.
Drawings and linocuts acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).