Previously shown in
Elements: earth fire 2020
Elements: wood metal 2020
Warp, weft, stitch, thread 2021
Find, make 2021
Fibre: structure and surface 2022
Earth materials 2023
Rhythm, repetition, a limited colour palette and the austerity of working with the least number of different components continue to be essential elements in Sue Lawty’s oeuvre. Her pieces for this exhibition are a continuance of an ongoing series of small, quiet works.
Whether weaving in lead or meticulously placing tiny fragments of rock to make a ‘stone drawing’, she pursues the exploration of material qualities that are inherently given by the chosen substance.
At the core of making these stone studies is the inclination to celebrate the humblest of stone fragments – tiny ocean washed slivers that would go unnoticed – trampled over, soon to become sand.
Lawty says: ‘We can think a beach is just uniform grey - but the more we take time to observe, the more we begin to notice. We start to distinguish subtleties of shape and proportion; tonal and colour shifts; nuances of dark grey, lighter grey, brownie grey, pale soft grey, harder black grey, yellowy putty grey, bluey grey, hints of ochre, rust colours and an occasional dark burnt red. All this speaks of the substances of our planet.‘
Lawty’s works are in collections worldwide including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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