The title of this show - Where We Meet - has now taken on a new and special significance as a result of the pandemic. The importance of human interaction has been keenly felt and the essential qualities of humanity have been reappraised.
Such encounters and emotional connections are a core preoccupation in Susie Breen’s practice, an artist who captures her subjects with clarity and a raw, visceral compassion.
Drawing is the discipline that underpins her work. Combining close observation with experimentation, she explores themes of personal presence, interdependence, memory and identity. Always evocative, sensual and dynamic, her work ranges from intimate charcoal and pastel drawings to light hearted line drawings and from the text based to the abstract. She brings empathy and humour to her work in a distinctive and compelling way that connects powerfully with the viewer.
Her drawings not only capture the likeness of her subjects, but go beneath the surface to reveal expressions of inner life, giving them a psychological presence. Exaggerations of scale and form serve to enhance status and change perceptions: life size images of remembered childhood characters look viewers in the eye, larger than life crows are portrayed with rank and character, and enormous babies appear as harbingers of change.
Highgate Gallery is delighted that Susie will be drawing on site throughout the exhibition run. Visitors will be encouraged to come and discuss her work, to share their own stories, or perhaps to sit for her, actively participating in the creation of new work! (Social distancing measures will be in place at all times.)
About the artist
Susie Breen has enjoyed a multifaceted visual career as designer, media producer and artist - she sees little differentiation between roles - believing them all “water from the same creative well”.
She has exhibited in London and Dublin. She has taught Design and Observational Drawing to undergraduates and adults.