Susanna Castleden




Curtin University, Australia


Susanna Castleden is a Lecturer and Coordinator of Printmedia in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University, Perth Western Australia. Susanna completed her BA (Art) in 1989, Honours in 2002 and a Master of Arts (Visual Art) shortly after. Susanna was awarded the Curtin University Galerie Dusseldorf Post Graduate Scholarship in 2003 and since that time has participated in many national exhibitions and has held three solo exhibitions. Susanna is currently enrolled in a PhD at RMIT University, Melbourne.
With a background in Printmedia, Susanna is interested in developing experimental processes associated with image transference and reproduction. Her art practice is based in drawing and printmaking using large photographic screen prints, relief prints and etchings.

Susanna's works are included in numerous public and private collections including Artbank, BankWest, City of Fremantle Art Collection
Cruthers Collection, Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Kerry Stokes Collection, The Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Wesfarmers Collection, The Horn Collection, City of Joondalup Collection.


Printmaking, Mapmaking and Tracking Evidence of Movement


This paper begins in Melbourne, moves to London, then Venice and Germany, travelling via a series of historical and contemporary print-based artworks on a journey that aims to reveal ways in which artists have visualised movement and mobility - specifically related to travel, mapping and place.
The question of how to capture movement or mobility in an artwork continues to challenge artists; from the early works of the futurists to complex video installations and time based works, the ideas of capturing movement and motion has continued to sustain the practices of many artists. In this paper I examine a selection of print based woks that contain sensibilities and nuances achieved from specific printmaking processes that observe printmaking's ability to capture and reveal a sense of movement and mobility in unique ways.
The extensive historical relationship between printmaking and mapmaking, particularly in terms of process, multiplicity and dispersal is at a juncture given the current proliferation of new technologies in mapping practices and the contemporary ubiquitousness of maps. The continuing discussion on the possible demise of paper maps in view of screen based or digital ways of mapping place has come to question what role material maps might have in how we locate ourselves. The history and role of the traditional hand printed map is considered as perhaps one of the best examples whereby process, imagery and material sensibility come together to allude to issues of mobility, time and space, movement, travel and of knowing place.
This paper brings together examples of works in which methods of printmaking, mapmaking and ways of visualising mobility are able to suggest new approaches to how we might be able to capture and process the increasingly complex and detailed information available to locate and position ourselves in the world.


Friday 30 September


11:00am - 12.30pm




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