“... vibrant, jostling abstract forms are rendered in an appealing tactile combination of screen printing and embroidery.”

FT How To Spend It. Victoria Woodcock

“...the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”

Batchelard

If our homes are a sanctuary, then living with art in our homes adds rich layers and texture to our dreaming and has the power to elevate the everyday. In turn, the artwork itself is changed by its surroundings and becomes more real with daily interactions. Out of the studio or white gallery space, amongst other objects and belongings the artwork is transformed by the relationship with its surroundings, and by the curiosity and dreams that a viewer brings to the work’s presence.

My work expresses my own curiosity and a compulsion to make. Using predominantly screen printing and embroidery, I explore the formal qualities of abstraction in relation to materials and the everyday.

My practice has developed out of my academic art education in painting, drawing and printmaking, and much earlier childhood experiences with traditional needlework, textiles and home sewing. Eschewing disciplinary hierarchies I have developed a visual language that wrestles with the relatedness of body and touch to our lived experience. I am interested in our relationship to home, everyday objects, and domestic rituals. Always in process, my work attempts to describe a feeling of being in the world when words seem insufficient, and hopes to resonate and connect back to material memories of texture, colour and pattern. Momentary seeing and blurred impulses are brought into being, abstracted forms allude to objects and bodies that might tell stories, landscapes that hold time, rooms and buildings that contain our dreams and fears.

It is always a tangle to write about the work, it might change next week, but for now these are some words. Thank you for reading.

M. Sutton MA RCA