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Drawing you in . . . Sue Connolly will exhibit some of her mult-media works at York St Gallery of Fine Art from August 4.

by Alexia Johnston

Art works by multi-media artist Sue Connolly will adorn Timaru’s York Street Gallery of Fine Art next month.

Her self-titled exhibition will feature “marks on paper”.

“I do some embossing and stitching and gold leaf [works] – so, they are multi-media,” she said, of her creations.

The exhibition would mark the first time she had exhibited at the gallery in a solo capacity, something she was looking forward to.

“Just the fact it’s a real gallery and this is a lovely gallery,” she said.

Mrs Connolly, who moved to Timaru from Wellington about 14 years ago, now considers herself a “local girl”, and is looking forward to embracing that via her exhibition.

“The materials I work with communicate with me and suggest possibilities rather than me imposing strictly enforced or preconceived ideas.” – Artist Sue Connolly

However, art has not always been her sole focus.

“I am an artist with a science background having graduated from Canterbury University with a bachelor of forestry science and then a post-graduate diploma in horticultural science from Lincoln College.”

After moving to Timaru, she studied fashion at Aoraki Polytechnic, which is now Ara.

“There, I discovered my fashion was more wearable art, so I undertook the diploma of arts and design (fine arts) level 6,” she said.

“I have exhibited in group shows with the South Canterbury Arts Society, Ashburton Art Society, Otago Art Society, Arts Council of Nelson [and] Polychrome student show.”

She is also a member of the South Canterbury Art Society and has been the group’s president for the past year.

Mrs Connolly said she was drawn to pattern, repetition, texture and scale.

“I use non-traditional materials such as wax, found detritus, textiles, words, paper and ready-mades.

“The materials I work with communicate with me and suggest possibilities rather than me imposing strictly enforced or preconceived ideas.

“The materials have the power to evoke strong ideas and feelings in me.

“I have become more and more drawn to the unusual and see beauty in the ordinary, the mundane, the imperfect and the discarded.

“These often become the starting point for a new series of work or ideas to play with.”

Mrs Connolly’s works will be on display at York Street Gallery of Fine Art until mid-September.