Australia Council Visual Arts Award Recipient- Susan Norrie

Australia Council Visual Arts Award Recipient- Susan Norrie


The 2019 recipient of the Australia
Council Award for Visual Arts is Susan Norrie. I vividly remember seeing Susan
Norrie’s work for the first time at the archive of New South Wales, in Australian
Prospector in 1983. Her tryptic painting, titled Fruit Corsage,
Bridal Bouquet, Lingering Veils was large scale, with a thick lush painting surface,
and I was drawn into the extraordinary detail of the objects painted on the
canvases. Norrie’s powerful work captured me from that moment, and I’ve followed her
practice since then. Susan is one of Australia’s most influential artists who
constantly questions and pushes her practice into new areas. Which has made
her a role model for younger artists. This questioning and disciplined approach
to her work has shifted her practice to the moving image and installation, and
has become increasingly engaged in social and political issues. In 2016 she
said I’ve always been concerned with the socio-political implications of
exploration, and the impact on ecosystems and local communities, along with the
collisions between traditional knowledge, exploration technologies, and
multinational investment in developing economies. Her work on manmade and
natural disasters, global warming and terrorism has made her practice
increasingly renowned within Australia, in Europe, Asia, North America and New
Zealand. She also advocates for Australian
artists, and has been the artists representative on boards of The
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, and the Museum of Contemporary
Art in Sydney. Susan represented Australia at the 52nd
Venice Biennale in 2007 with the well received, major, 16-channel video
installation HAVOC. You are now seeing part of that work. HAVOC focuses on
manmade and seismic disturbances that have brought devastation to areas of
East Java in Indonesia. The project documents the resilience of the people
confronting disasters, as well as the broader social changes occurring within
a culture. This project was dedicated to the people of this region, those
who lost their lives, and the many survivors who lost their homes and land.
Norrie’s work has also been seen in the Biennale of Sydney, Yokohama Triennale,
and in 2016, at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne. Where she presented a
major installation, Aftermath 2016, as part of fieldwork 2006 to 2016. for the
creation of this work she returned to East Java to the site of the mud volcano
she first explored in HAVOC. This exhibition demonstrated Norrie’s long-term
commitment as an artist to working in the field. The vast catalog of Norrie’s work is held in major galleries and collections
across the country, as well as in international collections. Susan Norrie is
one of Australia’s most highly regarded multidisciplinary artists. Who for nearly
four decades has sustained a practice that connects with audiences, curators
and writers. Please join me in congratulating the 2019 recipient of the
Australia Council Award for Visual Arts, Susan Norrie.

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