an underwater wheel chair...
Sue Austin Artistic Statement'Creating the Spectacle!' is led by its artistic director, Sue Austin. Sue's artistic career has really started to take off in last couple of years following a first-class honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Plymouth and her then winning the Natalie Sitar Prize for outstanding achievement, as well as the Holton Lee International Disabilty Arts Open in 2008.'
(yes she is disabled, but then that hasn't limited her imagination)Sue Austin is a multimedia, performance and installation artist. Over an extended period of time her practice has operated as a vehicle to open up a thinking space around the materiality of the wheelchair. This is being used as a metaphor to raise questions about the value of diversity to society through raising the profile of ‘difference’.
Rather than being didactic, however, a primary aim will be to create portals or multiple entrances into the resulting artwork (eg. through live art, associated online and multi-platform presentation, etc) so that it can find a way to ask questions but at the same time leave space for the audience to generate their own meanings. She aims to find dramatic and powerful ways to re-position disability and Disability Arts as the ‘Hidden Secret’. She argues that this ‘secret’, if explored, valued and then shared, can act to heal the divisions created in the social psyche by cultural dichotomies that define the ‘disabled’ as ‘other’.