Sue Loughlin is an artist based in the North East of England.
Primarily, her work explores concerns with the exploitation of both the planet and its inhabitants due to capitalist and patriarchal structures. Oral histories and research into the industrial legacy of her home region, as well as, broader concepts of class, inequality and current shifts in the political and socio-economic climate, drive her practice. Loughlin often sites notions of ‘The Age of the Anthropocene’, (the proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of the industrial revolution and signified by the human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems), as a key factor in her work.
Highly tactile, Loughlin’s work focuses upon the physical qualities of materials. For herself as a maker, the physical process and interaction with surface is key. For the viewer, Loughlin’s, often larger than life work, provides an immersive experience and demands consideration. Loughlin removes the immediacy of the representational image, choosing abstract forms in order to promote time spent with the work and a slowing down of pace for the viewer. Loughlin believes that these elements are essential in today’s frantic technology laden times. She is highly conflicted about the nature of technologies which diminish human interaction and saturate the individual with imagery and instantaneous information.
A graduate of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Sue Loughlin is currently a member of the Collective Studio at the Newbridge Project, Gateshead.
Citizens House, Durham - Processes: Group Show, Conny Art Festival
Base Camp, Middlesbrough - Hun: Group Show, Middlesbrough Art Weekender
Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough - Pick 'n' Mix: Group Show
Mackie’s Corner, Sunderland - Body of Work: Solo Show
Shaun Project Space, Sunderland – Anthropocene: Solo Installation
Whitestone Gallery, York – FRESH: Group Show
Priestman Gallery, Sunderland – One Nineteen Nineteen: collaboration with Jessica Brown
Sunderland Culture Creative Development Fellowship