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Susan Kinley

researching remote archaeologies

Susan Kinley has an established practice as an artist and maker, with a studio base near Falmouth in Cornwall. Originally London based, her work in glass and paper is informed by visual research at ancient archaeological sites throughout the UK, from the Isles of Scilly to the Orkney archipelago.

Susan researches and responds to remote archaeological sites, often at the coastal boundaries of the UK. Through walking, photography and drawing she immerses herself in particular places, combining different viewpoints with overview, context, and macro and micro elements. This visual information then evolves into drawings for waterjet and laser cut glass and Japanese papers, and printed and fired layered imagery. Susan is influenced by, and works with museum collections, and has actively been involved in collaborative research projects into the Bronze Age with academic partners.

Susan’s work has been widely exhibited, with awards from Arts Council England, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the David Cantor Memorial Fund, and recently, the Marshwood Applied Arts Award. She works to commission for individuals and also on public realm installations, with past projects including the British Embassy in Dublin, the Met Office, Exeter, and Penlee House Art Gallery & Museum, Penzance. In 2019 Susan was selected to show a large scale glass wall installation at the prestigious Collect Open, part of the Crafts Council International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design at Saatchi Gallery, London.

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