Emerging Melbourne artist installing the mountain of a sculptural installation featuring a 3-meter-high mound of 3000 kg of red clothing for her show at Grau Projekt.
Suzie speaks of the upcoming show, "Mountain, the archetype of ascent and power – the bridge between heaven and earth is reimagined in the form of greed and waste. My work asks, what is the environmental cost of bloated man-made structures? And what is the role of feminism within such structures? Also, whose empowerment does the current iteration of the feminist movement serve?".
Analogous to the installation is a series of surrealistic print works, revealing Blake’s continued exploration of the female body and its relationship with the earth. These ethereal, mystical, yet simultaneously foreboding photomontages have been developed using both analogue and digital techniques, combining scans, and 35mm film, double exposure and solarizing. Using slide film, Blake photographed the landscapes around Australia in 2002 and has combined these with images of the female body scanned from a book on early erotic photography. Some of the works also feature layers of blood, ink, leaves and dried flowers.
"My art reveals the continual fascination I have with the female body. Through my practice, I explore the disruptive force of female life as it jostles with the man-made. Camille Paglia says, “society is an artificial construction, a defence against nature’s power”. It is this power that interests me".