Sue Lorraine is an Adelaide based artist who has established an artistic practice spanning over 30 years. Completing a Diploma of Art and Design at PIT (now Latrobe University) in 1979, Lorraine has gone on to exhibit both locally and internationally. She established the renowned Gray Street Workshop with Catherine Truman and Anne Brennan in the early 1980s and continues to work alongside Catherine Truman and Jess Dare as a principal tenant of the organisation.
She was the Creative Director of the Metal Design Studio at the Jam Factory, Adelaide from 1999 to 2008 and is now an Arts Development Officer at Arts South Australia. Working predominately with blackened mild steel, Lorraine focuses on the natural environment through the notion of the museum specimen and the ways in which nature is ordered and curated in this particular context. Her recent work (Precisely, 2017; Measured, 2019) explores the ambiguous and idiosyncratic ways we measure and account for time, experience and things.
“Sue’s meticulous and subtle interventions shift her found objects away from their original life of functional measurement and redirect our thoughts to the immersive temporal space of making. Because they disrupt our expectations, we attempt to remake them in our minds by noticing every detail about them. And in the time that we spend contemplating these things we recognise, coiled within these dream-like objects, Sue’s time of slowed-down thinking and doing, of speculation and creative reverie.” Anne Brennan