Susan Gamble is a visual and performing artist whose practice encompasses and combines several creative arenas as fine artist, musician, composer and experimental filmmaker.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (vocal scholarship) MONASH, a Bachelor of Fine Arts - Drawing (Distinction) RMIT, an A.MUS.A (Distinction) and a Master of Arts - Animation & Interactive Media RMIT. Further studies in classical voice and language have also been undertaken in Italy after winning the Nino Sanciolo Prize.
Susan is most content when ensconced in a creative project – be it painting + drawing, sitting at the piano letting her fingers ‘go for a wander’ or climbing a mountain weighed down only by a camera around her neck. She loves the individual qualities of each art form but by equal measure enjoys exploring the symbiotic relationship between art forms and the various ways in which they can be combined + configured to create a richer more dynamic whole. Her art explores the dichotomy and slippage between the states of solidity + fluidity, rhythm + irregularity, unity + separation, presence + absence, interior + exterior. Somewhat sculptural in nature, her paintings are created in an open wrestle between physical form + abstraction through a flurry of paint, pastel and pencil applied to canvas whilst working on the floor.
Susan regularly exhibits her artworks and has won a variety of prizes, her films have received Victorian Arts Funding, screened in film festivals and on television and her AV works projection mapped onto buildings whilst performing live in music and media festivals along the East Coast of Australia. Last year, Susan performed her live-soundtrack to a sell-out crowd in the Melbourne Recital Centre as part AV ensemble The Spheres in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive for the re-dux of the first Russian silent sci-fi film ‘Aelita. This encore performance came after the project was first realised in ACMI Cinemas as part of the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival. Also in 2017 Susan won ‘Best in Show’ and was the featured artist in the Roberts McCubbin Art Show and she collaborated in an AV installation and performance at ‘Neon Parlour Gallery.’ In 2016 Susan was a recipient of the Boroondara ‘Arts Party Prize’ receiving a grant to exhibit in the historic Kew Court House’s converted old police station during their Winter Arts Series. In 2015 Susan was a finalist in the Hawkesbury Art Prize in NSW and in 2014 her life-sized portrait of Opera Australia singer Gary Rowley hung as part of the Archibald’s Victorian ‘Salon de Refuses’ exhibition at the Hilton.