Realist Magic, 2020
Original oil painting by Susie Dureau.
Oil on linen, 41 cm x 36 cm.
Susie Dureau’s new paintings are a joyful investigation of her shared materiality with the non-human world. Informed by the shapes in her previous landscape paintings, Dureau’s current work is a vibrant re-mapping of the worlds that went before. ‘Thinking about a direct link between our bodies and the landscape is the way into my ecological mind’, she says. Covid-19 has been a stark reminder of the power of a microbe to undermine human systems. While I believe our own species to be extraordinary in many ways, the separation of humans from nature is an illusion.