Ella Sutherland, exhibition view at Once Bridge and Chasm, 2022, Sumer, Tauranga. Courtesy: Sumer. Photograph: Dan du Bern
Ella Sutherland’s approach to making is broad and interdisciplinary, with her practice encompassing painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and publishing. Her practice visually engages with architecture, the written and social spaces of queer communities, and the poetic potential of letterforms. She is particularly interested in the architecture of interior spaces, and the architecture that replaced Modernism’s heroics and clarity with objects and domestic spaces that secured privacy and held mystery —spaces that encouraged acts of refusal and concealment. Her work speaks to artistic traditions such as post-painterly abstraction and hard-edge painting, and yet the works also contain the clear and unmistakable use of type and pre-existing graphical forms; albeit ones that appear to be used solely as compositional elements—scaffolds upon which she constructs images or compositions, and whose textual meaning is obfuscated. Her work has been shown widely throughout New Zealand and International venues including Carriageworks, Sydney; Christchurch Art Gallery; City Gallery Wellington; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; UNSW Galleries, Sydney; 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju and Objectspace, Auckland.