SUE WALLER

Waller enjoys the blur between artistic mediums, for she harbours a preoccupation with the transformation of two-dimensional into the three, be it through one or several mediums.

Growing up, Waller found joy experimenting in the darkroom, joy in ‘the magic of ghostlike images appearing out of darkness’. She went on to study filmmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art during which time she was a self-proclaimed alchemist with ‘my own recipes, concocting films that were more like Objets d’Art, sculpting 35 mm, 16 mm, and Super 8 – superimposing images to create an otherworldly, dreamy effect; dark but not Glauque’

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Each of Sue C Waller’s cinematic photographic images is a daydream inspired by shifting light and movement. Each of her works displays her contention that art forms are inseparable; through the crepuscule of her own daydreams, her un-staged, spontaneous stills - whether of nature or structure - mean to capture the beauty of everyday life

Though often gritty, unpolished and tenebrous, Waller does so whilst presenting the blur between artistic mediums such as photography, filmmaking, design and sculpture. Waller is a master of capturing shifting light and movement, for her texturally-rich photographic works bring one to another world. This is a world of timelessness in which, through highlighting vivid textures and layers of light, her momentary snapshots emphasise the luminosity of surfaces whether they are nature’s designs, architectural structures or human movement. She minimalises shapes through contrast simply without clutter but through details in the shadows.

Waller enjoys the blur between artistic mediums, for she harbours a preoccupation with the transformation of two-dimensional into the three, be it through one or several mediums. It is with this preoccupation that Waller is able to allow each of her stills to carry itself on its own, to stand alone as an individual work, even if it may be a glimpse of a larger story. It is important to her that her works – as interpreted through her own eyes – allow each viewer to create an individual interpretation, to feel a personal daydream — one’s own film from a single image.

Growing up, Waller found joy experimenting in the darkroom, joy in ‘the magic of ghostlike images appearing out of darkness.’

Sue C Waller’s very first inspiration was from when she was still in nappies, as it happens: unable to speak: she recalls vividly being utterly mesmerised by the microcosms of tidal pools as she would sit, her nappy getting soggy, staring into the ‘sparkling, shimmering, rippling water and the incredible world of minuscule sea life.’

She went on to study filmmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art during which time she was a self-proclaimed alchemist with ‘my own recipes, concocting films that were more like Objets d’Art, sculpting 35 mm, 16 mm, and Super 8 – superimposing images to create an otherworldly, dreamy effect; dark but not Glauque’.

Then, Europe called. Planning to travel through unknown lands for only a few months, after two years in Paris, she remained in France for for eighteen years, moving to an exquisite medieval village in the central southwest where she lived an ‘enchanted artist’s life. Whilst there, she created a small a darkroom where she worked on her photography until her focus shifted to design. Waller then dedicated all of her creative energy to sculpting handmade, so-called avant garde, cutting-edge designs, continuing her the obsession with texture and and fluidity palpable in her photographic works. Welcomed Into the highest level of the fashion industry (called names such as Susan L’Alchemiste and Susan la Bomb), Waller was voted as one of the top ten emerging designers at the time.

However, Sue remained with the greatest feeling of joy practising her photography, for it allotted her to share the world as she sees it to everyone as opposed to only a select few. She moved to New York City to allow this passion to evolve. Recently, Waller has relocated to North Captiva, a remote island in the eastern Gulf of Mexico where she continues to discover the ephemeral and the light within the darkness.

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