The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
Arts & Culture Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 - 5:05:44 PM


(Photos) Scenes from Susan Moir Mackay's Exhibition "Amuse Bouche" at The Hub
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jun 1, 2012 - 5:18:48 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

AMUSE-1.gif
Photos: Mare Sants

"The Mundane, the Profane and the Profound" - Margot Bethel

Nassau, Bahamas - The Hub in Nassau hosted a selection from the work of Grand Bahama based artist, Susan Moir Mackay’s.  Mackay was  on hand at The Hub to chat about the sampling of her diverse work on display under the theme "Amuse Bouche". The conceptual artist shared insights and commentary about her intention, inspiration, and process. Her work has been seen in many exhibits in both New Providence and Grand Bahama including the NAGB.

Founder of The Hub, Margot Bethel shares her thoughts on Susan Moir Mackay's work,


"The nature of Susan Moir-Mackays' visual inquiry is to dive into the mirky messiness of human emotion and thought - you won't find floral still-lifes or balmy sunsets in her repertoire, she is not about surfaces. But rather, if you can suspend belief, her exploration of the deep is worth the cost of holding your breath.

Susan Moir-Mackay's work is as intensely personal as it is specific to her gender and point of view as mother, wife, ex-wife, lover or friend. She bravely exposes and re-exposes her grief, pain and disappointment, as she challenges us to do the same. Susan dares to face and reveal her own body inside and out - through blood, hair or bared skin. The honesty and raw emotion in her pieces is without pretense or formality. It is (what it is): dirty and warm, wet and uncomfortable, shiny and sharp and composed of the everyday.

Amuse.4.jpg
Photo: Mare Sants

Susan's process-based work makes defiant and densely layered use of materials that feel as though they are in a constant state of becoming - as if each deliberate addition could be rearranged or added to at any time. There is a message: to communicate both chaos and form, destruction and creation and represent it using text, object, pattern and paint and collections of stuff  arranged or catalogued.  Susan reminds us of the visceral.  She builds upon relationships between the canvas, her reflection and the symbols she chooses to both transmit and transmute a moment in time.  Her practice of combining base materials with ethereal imaginings assembles into figures, moons, vessels, textures and ritualistic spirals draw inward.

Susan Moir-Mackays work might make you shudder (or weep) as it draws into her personal universe, but you might be more expanded and aware when you emerge. Her vessels of hair and knife-mandalas multiply curiosities about what art is or isn't, and what an artist does or doesn't do. Whatever your position, Moir-Mackay will make you work to appreciate the wonder and vulnerability of being human."

AMuse.8.jpg
Photo: Mare Sants



CLICK HERE to read an article by Sonia Farmer of The Guardian.



Susan Moir Mackay is a BA (Hons) graduate from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland:  An impassioned advocate for the importance of art for both individuals and communities, she has made Grand Bahama her home, where she shares her creative enthusiasms with her two children and the community-based art organization she co-founded, Art Nucleus and writes an art column for The Bahamas Weekly.



Editor's Note: Learn more about this artist by listening to an audio of Susan Moir Mackay speaking of one of her earliest exhibits in Grand Bahama. Truth or Taboo


Amuse.9.jpg
Photo: Mare Sants



Susan-End.gif
Photos: Mare Sants



Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2012 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Arts & Culture
Latest Headlines
Grand Bahama New Year's Junkanoo Parade
Heritage Museum of The Bahamas is Nassau's Newest Attraction
C.O.B. congratulates Chef Rolle-Farrington, Colyn Major and Ian Strachan
Grand Bahama's Candice Woon shines in SCAD Rising Star program
Miami Goombay Festival Celebrates Bahamas
Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Festival success for more exposure
Bahamas Carnival connects with Grand Bahama's cultural community
$30,000 raised for Rhythm & Youth Rake and Scrape band to travel to NYC
Bahamas National Youth Choir takes Washington, D.C. by Storm
More than 100 entries in National Festival Song Competition
Over 25 registered companies attend Bahamas Carnival Road Fever Workshop
16 yr-old Bahamian author Alexis Ferguson presents book to Governor General
The Anglican Chorale & Friends – Variety Concert “Celebrating The Joy Of Music”
Bahamas breaks world record for most conchs blown at one time
Introducing “The Current”: The Art Team At Baha Mar
Pam Burnside presents at IDB Caribbean Creative Conference in Washington
41 Bahamian Cultural Legends Honoured
Spanish Wells Native to Host Book Signing
NAGB Call for Works: NE7
The Hope Ball seeks submissions for Cancer Survivor Portrait Series
Bahamian author launches 4th book, "Prophetic Birthing"
Bahamas National Youth Choir‏ to perform in New York
Ministers Laud Junkanoo Commandos UK Tour
Florida author gifts books to Bahamas Governor General
Bahamas Carnival Song Competition Committee coming to Freeport, Tuesday July 8th
Marion Bethel presented with 11th Triennial Award For Women‏
Bahamas government to honour 41 “Culture Warriors”
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band concert performance
Bahamas Dance Theatre set to perform at the Regency Theatre June 28-29
Uniquely Bahamian: From Hobby to Handmade Treasures
Jack Hayward High: Young Men and Women, Art and the Community!‏
Classic drama returns to the Dundas with 12 Angry Men
Rev. Angela Palacious authors book, "Praying for Families"
Junkanoo: Hidden Treasure of the Bahamas
New Board Vows to Raise Funds for Collins House Restoration
Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Exuma Adjudications
AMMC to Host Festival at Historic Fort Charlotte
Bahamian filmmaker wins at the Africa Movie Academy Awards
Vanessa 'Divine Lady' Clarke launches first book, "Ready for Repositioning"
Bahamas Ntl Dance School travels to Cuba for drum and dance workshop