Artist Statement    

Sue’s work primarily focuses on place and space.

My current work investigates the idea of Sehnsucht, a German word which means, ‘the soul’s longing for something impossible or unknown’, escapism, liminal space and what may exist beyond these thresholds.

While participating in a study exchange in San Francisco in 2007, Sue was introduced to two new ideas – instruction based art, programming and roller derby.

This new work has been produced as part of the research project Sue is currently working on for her MFA at the VCA, and is part of an ongoing investigation into the concept of liminal space through the lens of personal mythologies, popular culture and humanist geography. Each piece directly references the movie Xanadu (1980) and are predominately created using a computer program written in a java based language and run through the open source program Processing.

The use of a programming language borrows ideas from the instruction based art of the conceptual artists of the 1960s. The computer program is a written instruction that the computer follows. This instruction provides the computer and the viewer with a means of escape, to aid in the transformation process and pass through the liminal space.

The use of Social media apps like Snapchat reflect the way we use social media to transform our boring everyday lives into something more interesting and exciting to present to the world.

    Bio     In 2010 Beyer completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with first class honours at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and was the recipient of a Griffith Award for academic excellence.

Since graduating she has held six solo exhibitions as well as taking part in Test Pattern, an annual show of graduating artists in 2010 at Ryan Renshaw Gallery and in 2011 was part of Check in an exhibition curated by Courtney Coombs for the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival.

In 2008 Beyer won the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital Art Award. In 2009 She was commissioned by the Queensland State Government for a public art project and in 2010 received an Australia Council ArtStart grant. In 2013 Beyer won the Milburn Art Prize, judged by Jan Manton and was a finalist in the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize. Also in 2013, she successfully completed a public art commission for the Ipswich Hospital Expansion Project, was an artist in residence at Bundanon Trust and Point B Worklodge in Brooklyn, New York and set up an artist run space in regional Qld - Other Space. In 2014 Beyer was the winner of the Anne Lindsay Emerging Artist Award in the Stanthorpe Art Prize, judged by QAG/GOMA curator Angela Goddard and presented a talk at TEDx Brisbane held the Powerhouse in October 2014. In 2015 Beyer relocated to Melbourne and in 2016 was a finalist in the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery National Works on Paper exhibition.

At the present time Sue is a Master of Fine Art research candidate at the VCA in Melbourne, supported through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.