Open Edition Unframed Print
My previous prints have incorporated strong historical themes such as a series based on the Treaty of Waitangi. This reflects my interest and previous studies undertaken in Social History.
On a subconscious level the subject matter of my artwork is direct reflection of my own personal history. This history is derived from my experience of being a Pakeha raised in South Auckland. With no link to my own Irish/English heritage to make reference to, I absorbed the wonderfully rich cultures of Maori and Pacific Islanders around me. This was reinforced by my family ties to the Te Arawa Iwi.
Today, I am still reconciling the two worlds of my British lineage alongside my experience of Maoridom, and have yet to determine the point of intersection at which I am placed. However my art allows me to work through this dichotomy from which I hope to create powerful and stirring New Zealand artwork.
Susan Haywood Smith’s giclée prints are original artworks specifically designed to be printed using the contemporary method of digital printing. In order to retain a raw printerly quality to Susan’s giclée prints, her designs are first printed using traditional methods such as intaglio and relief. The designs are then layered with other images such as original, delicate graphite drawings. The completed giclée artworks are rich, tactile prints that retain the essence of the printmaking mark.