Selected by My Art as their pick of the Editions listed on ArtNow.NZ - 6 November 2020.
Composed with fragments of serifs, arms, counters and strokes, Character Study holds the working parts of the painting series Letters. Collected togther in abstract formation, Character Study reflects on the intricacies of language, medieval illumination and vernacular design. Character Study underscores the shifting legibility of language, and the idea that letters at their most expansive are poetic instruments capable of generating movement, agency and furtive communication.
Ella Sutherland (b. 1987, Auckland) works across the fields of visual art, publishing and language. Sutherland utilizes printing, painting, and installation to analyse and activate complex reading systems across built and digital environments. Her most recent work has drawn on extensive research periods spent in specialist archives, through which she continues to explore the relationship between language and social history and the evolving role of technology in disseminating thought.