Engineer II – Susan Collis

10 July 2003 – 30 May 2004
Thursday – Sunday 12 – 6pm

Susan Collis tampers with the surfaces of things through meticulous processes of layering and mark-making. For Part Two Collis has introduced her preoccupation with artifice to the lower gallery space by superimposing inlay and veneer on existing and installed fixtures and fittings. Upon close inspection, random and incidental marks of wear and tear reveal themselves as having been laboriously crafted by hand and layers of veneer elevate the status of an ordinary material. These interventions raise questions about aesthetic value, identity, craft and labour.

A Beaconsfield commission.

Engineer is a project in six consecutive parts, beginning in June 2003 and evolving through to the end of May 2004. Over the period, the various exhibition sites at Beaconsfield will be brought into play by individual artists, each new work remaining until the end.