Susan Collis

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Sunday 21 June 2009.

Certainly in love with Susan Collis' work. Before you paint over this screw, check what it's made from; 18-carat white gold, diamond, silver, black onyx and coral.

Collis creates facsimiles of mundane objects, using labour-intensive techniques and expensive materials. Her work questions our perception of aesthetic beauty, asking whether is it the result of an inherantly attractive quality of an object, or whether is it a value judgement we are taught to make based on an object’s economic worth.

It’s easy to see why The Armory has chosen her as its 2010 commissioned artist.

Collis is represented by Seventeen Gallery, London.

History of The Armory Show Artist Commission

The Armory Show introduced its annual commission in 2002 with artist Karen Kilimnik. It was followed by partnerships with Barnaby Furnas (2003), Lisa Ruyter (2004), Jockum Nordström (2005), John Wesley (2006), Pipilotti Rist (2007), Mary Heilmann and John Waters (2008), and Ewan Gibbs (2009). In 2006 The Armory Show began publishing an annual series of editions by its commissioned artists to benefit the Pat Hearn and Colin de Land Cancer Foundation and the Pat Hearn and Colin de Land Acquisition Fund at The Museum of Modern Art.