Sue Leeming

 

Sue Leeming is an Australian resident born in Taranaki, New Zealand and identifies as New Zealand Maori as well as of English and Scottish descent.

She attended The University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Art and majored in printmaking graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art in 1995. Sue immigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1998.

Her current practice is primarily based around painting and drawing mediums and extends ideas of abstraction, landscape, identity and spirituality. She experiments with the physicality of paint and process, allowing the imagery to spring from process. She is interested in plasticity and psychological responses to both cultural and physical environments.

Living in the Peel region has had a significant effect on her sense of place and belonging, the displacement triggering a curiosity to understand how and why the local landscape influences her, particularly in her everyday, and how that resonates with the ‘places’ that inhabit in her mind.

‘The works represent landscape as a material condition that both shapes and is shaped by psychic subjectivities. Leeming develops a means of articulation and system of signification expressive of her unease at the contradiction between her environment and her identity. Her work describes a relationship to place refracted through structures of belonging like personal customs, historical ephemera and recognition of her Maori, English and Scottish heritage’. Alisa Blakeney: South West Art Now 2018

Group exhibitions include 89 Days, Kidogo Arthouse, at the Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival, South West Art Now 2018, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Minnawarra Art Awards 2018, Curated by Ron Nyisztor; Scene 2018 at Nyisztor Gallery, Melville; 2017 City of Busselton Art Award, the Inaugural Perth Royal Art Award for Landscape, 2017 and The Waterways and Wetlands Art Exhibition at the University of Western Australia in 2010 where she was the winner of the Peoples Choice Award.

Image courtesy Christophe Canato

ARTIST STATEMENT 'WIP' (Work in Progress) 2018 - Sue Leeming

Sue Leeming is an Australian resident born in Taranaki, New Zealand and identifies as New Zealand Maori as well as of English and Scottish descent.

Her current practice is primarily based around painting and drawing mediums and extends ideas of abstraction, landscape, identity and spirituality. She experiments with the physicality of paint and process, allowing the imagery to spring from process. Living in the Peel region has had a significant effect on her sense of place and belonging, the displacement triggering a curiosity to understand how and why the local landscape influences her, particularly in her everyday, and how that resonates with the places that inhabit her mind.

In her latest work, Sue continues to explore the use of the landscape and its abstraction as a metaphor for the human experience. ‘It is not so much the land that interests her but the lives of the people its presence suggest.’

‘I often find myself travelling through difficult times and in the midst of challenges and struggle, of suffering and loss partnering with joy and hope. I often find there are no words to truly express this state of being, it is a place known to all people and a place that I am denied the ability to articulate.  Sometimes there simply are no words.’

For Sue the mere process of painting is an opportunity to explore the hidden terrain of the heart drawing on intuitive responses to the nature of the medium and synchronicity between the joy of the process and the contemplations of the heart. She is increasingly interested in uncovering those experiences and hidden places of the human psyche, that often become buried, buried alive if you like and awaiting discovery. ‘Often it is the internal landscape of our heart that reveals our true sense of self and belonging than the place from whence we came’. There is often a disconnect between the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell others and it’s not that there is a dishonesty in that disconnect, rather, in that very place lies the potency of truth waiting to be discovered. I have no answers, only questions.

The works represent landscape as a material condition that both shapes and is shaped by psychic subjectivities. Leeming develops a means of articulation and system of signification expressive of her unease at the contradiction between her environment and her identity. Her work describes a relationship to place refracted through structures of belonging like personal customs, historical ephemera and recognition of her Maori, English and Scottish heritage. Alisa Blakeney: South West Art Now 2018

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum-Vitae-SUE-LEEMING-2018_Copy.docx (docx 131kB)

Exhibitions

  • Tue 11 Dec - Sat 29 Dec 2018 'WIP' (Work in Progress) - Group Exhibition

    STALA CONTEMPORARY is proud to celebrate the opening of its new gallery premises with a celebratory group exhibition 'WIP (Work in Progress' running 11 -29 December 2018. Featuring an exuberant and eclectic assembly of 17 exceptional artists:

    Adam Hisham Ismail/ Alex Maciver/ Anna Sabadini/ Anne Walmsley/ Ayad Alqaragholli/ Denise Pepper/ Di Cubitt/ Ellen Norrish/ Jarrad Martyn/ Kathryn Haug/ Kim Hyunji/ Liam Dee/ Marcia Espinosa/ Michelle Hyland/ Richard Healy/ Sue Leeming/ Wade Taylor

    Affordable/Collectable Art from the West End Arts Precinct to you!


Works

SUE LEEMING -  A changing landscape

SUE LEEMING - A changing landscape 

oil and ink on canvas 2018, 100 x 100cm

$2,200.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Composite 2

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Composite 2 

mixed media on marine ply 2018, dimensions variable (approx. 100cm x 100cm) NB: The panels from 'A resurrected past I' whilst available separately can also be purchased as shown to make up 'A resurrected past I: Composite 2'

$4,000.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 2

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 2 

ink and oil on marine ply with 1937 sepia photograph 2018, 30 x 30cm

$500.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 3

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 3 

ink, gesso & polychrome pencil with 1937 sepia photograph 2018, 30 x 30cm

$500.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 4

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 4 

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 30 x 30cm

$500.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 5

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 5 

ink, oil & gesso on marine ply 2018, 30 x 30cm

$500.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 6

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 6 

oil, ink & graphite on Japanese rice paper on marine ply 2018, 30 x 30cm

$500.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 7

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 7 

ink and gesso and 1937 sepia photograph on marine ply 2018, 30 x 30cm

$500.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 9

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 9 

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 30 x 30cm

$500.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past II

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past II 

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 100 x 100cm

$2,000.00
SUE LEEMING - Climate Change it is what it is

SUE LEEMING - Climate Change it is what it is 

oil on linen 2018, 100 x 100cm

$2,000.00
SUE LEEMING - Exploring the hidden terrain

SUE LEEMING - Exploring the hidden terrain 

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
SUE LEEMING - Returning

SUE LEEMING - Returning 

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
SUE LEEMING - A place of hope

SUE LEEMING - A place of hope 

oil and ink on canvas 2017, 120 x 120cm

$2,500.00
SUE LEEMING - Quietness

SUE LEEMING - Quietness 

oil on canvas 2016, 60 x 60cm

$900.00
SUE LEEMING - Taranaki - A Time to Remember

SUE LEEMING - Taranaki - A Time to Remember 

oil and ink on canvas 2016, 125 x 150cm

$3,600.00
SUE LEEMING - Tihei Mauri Ora - Tree of life

SUE LEEMING - Tihei Mauri Ora - Tree of life 

oil and ink on canvas 2016, 125 x 150cm

$3,600.00
SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 1

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 1 sold

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 30 x 30cm

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 8

SUE LEEMING - A resurrected past I: Panel 8 sold

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 30 x 30cm

SUE LEEMING - Finding gold

SUE LEEMING - Finding gold sold

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 60 x 60cm

SUE LEEMING - Remembrance

SUE LEEMING - Remembrance sold

oil and ink on marine ply 2018, 60 x 60cm