Sue Kneebone’s interdisciplinary practice includes the transformative process of mixed media and montage to draw the viewer in to consider insidious subtexts such as disturbed ecologies and dispossession from colonial incursions. A combination of field trips and archival research have fostered a deeper understanding into the duplicitous nature of historical memory and hidden truths as ongoing legacies of colonisation. Her works seek to evoke settler colonialism as a spectre of contrasting brutality and gentrification entangled in the shadowy undercurrents of the past that still resonate today.
With a PhD in visual arts from the University of South Australia and a Masters in Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, Sue has been a practicing artist, educator, and writer in Melbourne and Adelaide since 2002. Exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Hugo Michell Gallery, Galway International Arts Festival and various ARIs. Sue has been a recipient of the Qantas Foundation Contemporary Encouragement Art Award, Australia Council and Arts SA grants. Her work is held in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia and private collections.
I wish to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of this land, the Kaurna People, and their elders past, present and future. I recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. I acknowledge that these lands and waters are of continuing importance to the Kaurna People living today, on whose unceded country I live, work and create.