A large-scale site-specific installation (2015) that hung in the atrium spaces, over three storeys in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon.
'Sail Painting' consisted of 30 or so used sails, alongside sails formed from old sacks, used to trade food stuff’s around the world. The sails hung at various angles and levels in the multi-level building, creating different perspectives depending on the viewer’s vantage point. The viewer could be walking inside a three-dimensional abstract painting.
It was one of the results of a year long Residency at the RSC (2014-15) where as well as researching and responding to the plays, Othello and The Merchant of Venice Susan was able to explore the hidden activity that takes place backstage from costume making and rigging to the carefully choreographed activity that occurs during the live performance. Working with the RSC in response to such great material inspired a strong body of new work. The culmination of this commission was the exhibition 'SEA-MARKINGS' (April-September 2015), which also included a version of 'Sail Away' smaller framed works, textiles and drawings as well as 'Sail Painting'. The last 3 images show the installation of 'Sail Painting' (March 2015) with Andy Williams and John Cowley the best technicians and engineers in the world!
Material: used sail cloth, appropriated food sacks, rope, thread, cable
Provenance: Royal Shakespeare Company UK