Susan Ecker | Elements Form
Location Ron Middleton Gallery
From Saturday 29 February 2020 - 10:00am
To Sunday 19 July 2020 - 04:00pm
Elements Form opens on Friday 28 February 2020.
Seeking iconographic descriptions of Western Australia, concentrating on enduring elements – the land, rock formations, the river – this work explores, extracts and reconstructs those elements, stunning, visually fascinating, evoking memory, to confirm that images strongly present are, at once, real and abstract.
Susan Ecker, a native New Yorker, earned a Bachelor of Science in Design, with Honors, from the College of Architecture and Design, School of Art, University of Michigan. She continued painting at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, prior to receiving a Master of Arts, Fine Arts, from the University of Maryland. Thereafter, she did one year of postgraduate study in art history.
She has extensive experience in the visual arts including lecturing about art history and architectural design. She has taught at the university level and was Adjunct Professor of Art at Linfield College in Oregon. Since 2011, she has been teaching visual arts at Edith Cowan University, School of Arts and Humanities, South West campus.
Her work has been exhibited widely and received well in the United States and Australia. In 1997, her painting Theme:Virgil, a mixed media piece reflecting the landscape of the east end of Long Island, received Honorble Mention, at the 59th Guild Hall Annual, from the exhibition juror, Arthur C. Danto, art critic of The Nation. Giles Auty former art critic of The Australian wrote the catalogue commentary for her first retrospective in 2005. In late 2015, her show, Players, Places, at the Peter Marcelle Project, was the subject of a strongly positive opinion piece by Jennifer Landes, Arts Editor, of The East Hampton Star.
She continues to work in East Hampton, NY and her studio in Donnybrook, WA.
This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the support of a grant from the City of Bunbury.
Image credit: Susan Ecker, Elements Form: Rocks & Trees / Red Earth - Earth Green (detail), 2019, mixed media/oil on canvas, 122 x 134 cm.