Ella Sutherland | margaret river


Work in progress

stage 1: tba


About the artist

Ella is an artist and graphic designer whose work is concerned with the analysis and activation of text and visual language. She investigates systems of reading and navigation within the built environment and printed spaces. Looking at the complexity of graphic language outside of commercial endeavours, she identifies gesture and narrative as elements tied to our interpretation of text and visual language. She employs these elements to coaxe a graphic sensibility to operate in a different register and shift the ‘typical’ readings of spaces and information.

Recent exhibitions include: Slow Seeing and Attention to Make, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, 2016; Beauty is in the Street, Objectspace, Auckland, 2016; Boring month start to finish, the whole month, North Projects, Christchurch, 2015; Speaking places: How to Work (with Matthew Galloway), Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, 2015. Recent publication projects include: with a body always but but still drying, designed for the Biennale of Sydney and Artspace, Sydney; Pale Like a Fish, edited and designed for North Projects, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2016; Speaking places: Hamilton 2015, artist publication for Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2016; Home & Away, artist publication for RM Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014. Ella was co-founder of Dog Park Art Project Space and co-director between 2012-2014, she is a current board member of The Physics Room, both contemporary art spaces located in Christchurch, New Zealand.

About the community

Margaret River is a town in the South West of Western Australia, located in the valley of the eponymous Margaret River, 277 kilometres (172 mi) south of Perth, the state capital. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River. Margaret River's coast to the west of the town is a renowned surfing location, with worldwide fame for its surf breaks including, but not limited to, Main Break, The Box, and Rivadog. Colloquially, the area is referred to as Margs, or Margie Rivs. The surrounding area is the Margaret River Wine Region and is known for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors annually.[3] In earlier days the area was better known for hardwood timber and agricultural production.

Partner organisation: Margaret River Makers