ARTIST STATEMENT

My practice is an artistic exploration of identity and otherness across social and site-specific contexts. Through my work, I investigate how the creative  exploration of self, through public art practice, may foster and  create  shared connections to alternative concepts of place. My works encompass creative enquiries into personal experience that may be imbued with conflicting notions of Identity; imposed, refused, embraced and reclaimed.

 

I employ reflective and reflexive methods to create safe spaces to engage and encourage people from diverse communities to share and examine relationships of class and ethnicity that inform these constructions.Across my project based public arts practice, I aim to create and offer collaborative ‘remixes’; to render visible the invisible, to nudge and push out spaces for disruptive aesthetics in our colonial conditions that provide opportunities for re constructions of self and belonging.

 

Susan Maco Forrester is a Queer Somali -Australian sound and visual artist. As a child Susan migrated from London to Australia with her family and lives and works on the lands of the people of the Kulin Nations, in Melbourne Victoria Australia. As an accomplished digital artist and creative producer, Susan specialises in community based, contemporary arts and cultural projects. 

Career highlights include; core producer for the iconic 'Big Day Out' contemporary music and arts festival Australia, producer of three studio albums as a member of electronic act ‘Crazy Baldheads' and the production of major scale projections for the tenth anniversary of Melbourne's annual Gertrude Street Projection Festival in 2017.Currently, Susan has recently completed a Masters of Art, Art in Public Space with distinction, at RMIT University Melbourne

   

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