Meet the maker: Sophi Suttor

Sophi Suttor's work examines the loss of habitat and its replacement by the generic she is looking at specimens through the filter of the work of Rohan Ellis. Producing fragments of the generic as a demonstration of how easily we lose the detail and cultural stamp of our personal landscape

Works are childlike and toy like to highlight how easily we are seduced by pretty things. Using lots of generic flowers and toy like items to highlight how readily we accept the generic. This acceptance erodes national identity and leads to devaluation of all things native to Australia this process is aided and abetted by globalisation.

Sophi is of Aboriginal descent. Her work explores identity. She observes the effect of radiation. Focusing on the testing of bombs on Woomera. There is horror from setting off the bombs and the aboriginal casualties at the time and the high rates of cancer in local populations now. These works are under the title Marie Curies Garden. The events are so bad the images are presented in child like form making them easier to digest. 

Suttor is a classically trained artist from the National Art School East Sydney. Her work is held in private collections in New Zealand, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Sophi Suttor, Round Plates, 2020. Photo: Craft ACT.