Sue Ryan: Precious - Art Collector

Sue Ryan, Bertie, Marcel, Young Laurence, Flossy, Pepi Las Vegas, The Black Rabbit, Hairy Jack, 2017, galvanised wire, ghost net, beach rope, PVA, pigment, mother of pearl shell, fishing line, glass eyes, various sizes. Courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary

Precious, Sue Ryan’s most recent body of work, sits at the crossroads of culture and memory. Spirit dogs are revered in Aboriginal mythology, dogs and cats were treated as sacred by the ancient Egyptians, whilst the Chinese considered rabbits and ducks as auspicious harbingers of good fortune.

Precious menagerie, made so well using salvaged ghost net (commercial fishing net) has many issues involved. Not least for the advantage its collection and removal along northern Australian coastlines gives to innumerable sea life, which is otherwise swept into its voluminous skirts as it drifts along in currents for hundreds of kilometres.

Her sculptures are labour intensive, developed slow and steady. For each one she needs the attitude and form and a memory well in her mind as the creature comes into being.

Exhibition Opens: 6pm-8pm, Thursday 24 August 2017
Exhibition Closes: 17 September 2017
Location: Martin Browne Contemporary, 15 Hampden Street, Paddington, NSW 2021
Contact: +61 2 9331 7997
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