RSC Residency – Susan Stockwell

I visited Stratford at the weekend and saw Susan Stockwell’s installations at the RSC. She is nearing the end of her one year residency at the RSC. I was particularly interested to see her work. Not only is she a very successful artist, but she was my sculpture tutor at Farnham and she progressed my thinking about sculpture significantly.
The Paccar Room was open, where Susan has made a smaller installation based on Sail Away, which was in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

Sail Away RSC Susan Stockwell

Sail Away RSC Susan Stockwell


Sail Away RSC Susan Stockwell

Sail Away RSC Susan Stockwell


Susan’s work is about trade and maps and the use of much handled currency for the sails of the boats is entirely appropriate.
See the University of East London’s video to see Susan making boats for the installation
Sea Markings
The site specific installation of sails above the foyer cafe is very powerful and again Susan has used second hand (much used) sails and also she made some sails out of used commodity sacks
Sea Markings RSC Susan Stockwell

Sea Markings RSC Susan Stockwell


Sea Markings RSC Susan Stockwell

Sea Markings RSC Susan Stockwell


I love the way that you can see a tiny person sat at a table in the cafe in this photo.

As for my own work, I am working intensively in my studio now preparing for my finals (late August) and the MA the degree show starting on 9 September in artOne.
I shall post some snippets of my work soon.

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