Sue Novell lives and works in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she graduated from Dunedin School of Art with a Masters of Fine Arts with distinction in painting in 2009. Since then her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch. It is held in private collections in New Zealand and Switzerland. A recent work was acquired by the James Wallace Art Trust in Auckland.
In her art practice Sue Novell explores the synthesis and intertwinement of sensation and system, of nature and technology. In particular her interests lie in how sensual cues activate memories, how human experiences are mediated by the technologies used. Based on drawings, photographs, digital images and found colour she builds surfaces in incremental steps using varying processes and methods. Her work encompasses layered drawings, paintings and moving image installations. A key component is the referencing of digital technology that enables the superposition of time and space and facilitates rapid changes of viewpoint with respect to an image – zooming effortlessly from the scene to the particles that make it up. The resulting works thus range, as TJ McNamara wrote (New Zealand Herald, June 30th 2012): “…from abstraction with digital shapes to Romantic scenes, all in delicious colour…”. Sue Novell has participated in group shows exploring the nexus of art and science (Blend, Dunedin and Art of Nanotechnology in Christchurch). In 2012 she installed a site specific moving image and painting installation at the science library of the University of Otago (ZOOM), organized jointly by the Blue Oyster Art Project Space and the University of Otago. In 2013 she participated in a collaborative art/neuroscience project in Dunedin.