WAFTA in Conversation with Susan Roux

May 31, 2020
Podcasts & Conversations

This is the first of WAFTA's interviews for you. We welcome Susan Roux, a South African born West Australian artist who moved to Perth 8 years ago.  Since arriving she has developed a vigorous art practice that honours and re-tells women's stories, referring to colonialism, cultural identity, and the political and cultural influences of place.


In her conversation with Iris Whitelock, Susan describes how she explores the common ground across history and cultures to find a point of convergence between herself, her art and the viewer.   She often uses specific historical events as her points of departure creating work that is simultaneously expansive, delicate, personal and universal.

Grab a cuppa, sit back and meet Susan Roux!


For Susan's upcoming exhibition go to:

https://artcollectivewa.com.au/whats-on/susan-roux-marking-the-vanishing/

For recent exhibitions check out:   

https://www.heathcotewas.com/susan-roux
https://www.lwgallery.uwa.edu.au/exhibitions/past-exhibitions-archive/HN19

Iris Whitelock

Iris has been organising our speakers since late 2018. She is business owner at Art of Life - life coaching with a difference, which helps women identify their higher purpose in life, and bring it into existence through exploring and extending their creativity.  

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO WAFTA?
I was attracted by the creative energy of the group.  It’s fantastic to be in amongst such a diversity of art expression by different women, and I love the broader perspectives I have gained through being a WAFTA member.

WHAT MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?
I started off with machine embroidery – a lovely way to scribble and create layers of shape and colour. I also love Mola technique, with lots of raw edges and imperfections!  I love incorporating recycling and upcycling materials and slow stitching.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I am fired up about upcycling clothing. I have boxes of op-shop finds, and clothes that “have potential”, and a huge fabric stash that I enjoy making into long dresses which have become my signature clothin

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I am inspired by makers like Jane Milburn because of the underlying ethical principles of re-cycling and re-purposing materials to transform them into new-for-me clothing. I like to use what I have, and hopefully reduce the stuff that would otherwise go to landfill.  A flow-on from that has been more care in how I choose what I make, and being okay about having clothes that last for years rather than just a fashion season.

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