Sue Martin completed her Fine Arts degree at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, before moving to Johannesburg in the early 1980s. This series of work, Lie of the Land, has the hallmarks of so much of her previous work. There is an experimentation with various media, including oil paints, beeswax, photography and printmaking.
Sue’s work is essentially concerned with journeys both literal and figurative; it also deals deeply with memories. The extensive use of gold in this series evokes the sense that wherever we go we take that which is most precious to us, particularly our thoughts and memories. Her work has a faded quality because, like the memory, it is a resonance, a faint echo of things remembered.
Her otherwise limited palette of earthy tones and figures set in timeless landscapes achieve a dreamlike quality. But while the figures that move or float through these landscapes give a surface impression of nostalgia and whimsy, this is offset by suggestions of a harsher reality below and behind what we immediately perceive. Her use of veils of colour metaphorically echo the many layers of meaning present in her work, as well as evoking layers of time