I will be in Llorrenc Del Penedes in June as part of this Artist in Residence Programme by Centre de Recerca i Creatio Casamarles. The residency is located North East of Barcelona and is quite near the coast. For the whole month of June, I will be living with these other artists (hopefully the Gambian Kora musicians get their visa's) I looked up their music and it'll be quite an experience to share space with them in their creation mode. Full details here
If you're interested in my activities, I will be blogging more actively and show you some of the activities I will be doing there.
Residency from the 1st till the 30th June 2014
Susan Olij is an Indonesian visual artist based in Singapore, and also teaches drawing and illustration at LaSalle College of the Arts part time.Living and working in the United Kingdom, New York and Singapore over the past 20 years has infused a multi-cultural perspective into her work. Her work in the fashion industry in New York City led to a position in Singapore where she received a scholarship to earn her MA in Fine Arts. With a Fine Arts degree, Susan shifted her focus to art production and academia.
In comparison to her previous works of pure abstraction, her current work traverses the borders of fine art and design: a return to her fashion roots combined with her love of illustration.
As Susan says:
The East-West divide informs a lot of my work: I was conditioned as a child to consider the West to be the primary source of sophistication and the East to be somehow “backwards” or “primitive”, but have since reprogrammed that belief. I have spent time exploring my heritage through my work with textiles and, more recently, with portraits of the people around me, and would now like to investigate further and examine more of The West – not just the West of childhood holidays or university, but from the perspective of a multicultural adult.
In a similar vein as Catalan artist Antoni Tapies, my practice tends to be styled like that of a sociologist, where the work thrives on discovering personal stories through intuitive conversations. Tapies’s work speaks volumes to me because the material manages to transfer a multitude of non-verbal communications. My works are primarily done on paper, although I am open to working on other surfaces.
My interest in drawing uses the right-left brain to engage much more intensely with thoughts then pure painting. The results can be surprisingly tactile, even when they are two-dimensional.