Installations

Mountain to Sea : MFA Massey University (2021)

This installation is a response to Kelcy Taratoa's artwork Silence, in the Bartley & Co exhibition Recalibrate. The material used is collected from my local beach. Like Kelcy's work, mine describes my daily walks along the beach.

Mountain to Sea
Mountain to Sea

Pebbles, wood, pastel and paper Suzy Costello

Mountain
Mountain

Pebbles Suzy Costello

Burnt Wood
Burnt Wood

Wood Suzy Costello

Sky to Sea
Sky to Sea

Pastel and paper Suzy Costello

Sky
Sky

Pastel and paper Suzy Costello

Sea
Sea

Pastel and paper Suzy Costello

Diffraction
Diffraction

Wood and pastel Suzy Costello

Silence
Silence

Kelcy Taratoa

Summer Skin : Exposure, Massey University (2020)

Despite the efforts of COVID-19 to interrupt the study year, life has continued and here is some of my postgraduate work during 2020 which focuses on the narrative of discarded natural materials from my local area. 

 

In the first semester I explored the materiality of pohutukawa stamen and wood collected from the felling of two 110-year-old trees at St Alban’s Anglican church in Eastbourne. The socially engaged artwork which resulted, allowed the trees to be commemorated by the parish, explore their relationship with their environment, express emotions and unite the community. This led to a further inquiry into the planting of 1,000s of pohutukawa along the shores of Te Whanganui-a-Tara and its colonisation as forests became farms. 

 

During the second semester at Massey, I have followed the narrative of discarded cicada moultings collected during the summer of 2020. Using sound recordings by Charles Fleming, macro photography (with generous help from Massey technician, Peter Miles) and poetry I have delighted in discovering so much about Aotearoa's unique cicada species and their biological processes. 

This experience has given me a deeper appreciation of the value of art to society and a curiosity in the inter-relationship between art and science. Arts ability to focus on inner feeling, creative problem solving and new interpretations of understanding the world we live in, are things I would like to explore.

See my blog for more information about the artmaking process.

St Albans Project
St Albans Project

Socially-engaged art practice, 2020

St Albans Project
St Albans Project

Wooden pohutukawa stools and stamen, 2020

St Albans Project
St Albans Project

Socially-engaged art practice, 2020

Summer Skin
Summer Skin

Cicada shells and gold leaf, 2020

Summer Skin
Summer Skin

Cicada shells and gold leaf, 2020

Summer Skin
Summer Skin

Cicada shells and gold leaf, 2020

Summer Skin
Summer Skin

Cicada shells and gold leaf, 2020

Cicada Photograpghy
Cicada Photograpghy

Suzy Costello and Peter Miles

Cicada Photograghy
Cicada Photograghy

Suzy Costello and Peter Miles

Pohutukawa Stamen
Pohutukawa Stamen

Suzy Costello Photo Izzy Keys

Pohutukawa Stamen
Pohutukawa Stamen

Suzy Costello Photo Izzy Keys

Pohutukawa Stamen
Pohutukawa Stamen

Suzy Costello Photo Izzy Keys

Fine Arts Exhibition : Massey University (2019)

This is some of the work made while studying for a graduate diploma at Massey. These installations explore formalism and are created using base materials (cardboard boxes and plastic cups) which led to an investigation into branding and consumerism. 

Brand vs Form Installation
Brand vs Form Installation

Suzy Costello, 2019 L-R Brand=signs+symbols+icons Brand>form $GoldenRatio Brand=colour

Brand + Consumption = X
Brand + Consumption = X

Cardboard boxes and strapping tape, 2019 Suzy Costello

Yellow and Red
Yellow and Red

Wrapping paper, paint and thread, 2019. Suzy Costello

Plastic Cups & Gaffer Tape
Plastic Cups & Gaffer Tape

Suzy Costello, 2019

Plastic Cups & Gaffer Tape
Plastic Cups & Gaffer Tape

Suzy Costello, 2019

Plastic Cups & Gaffer Tape
Plastic Cups & Gaffer Tape

Suzy Costello, 2019

Form+Grid Installation : Massey University (2019)

This is my first effort in Art Studio at Massey. Here, formalism is explored by deconstructing rectangular cardboard boxes and the grid...however what I learnt was that branding interrupted the reading of the form! 

Form and Grid Installation
Form and Grid Installation

Form and Grid Installation Suzy Costello, 2019

Form and Grid Installation
Form and Grid Installation

Form and Grid Installation Suzy Costello, 2019

Falling Boxes
Falling Boxes

Form and Grid Installation Suzy Costello, 2019

Falling Boxes
Falling Boxes

Form and Grid Installation Suzy Costello, 2019

Advanced Diploma Exhibition : The Learning Connexion (2018)

Here are some photographs of my work from the Advanced Diploma term 4 2018...two fantastic years of learning about play... loved every minute of it and would recommended it to anyone and everyone!

Light Modulation 1
Light Modulation 1

Ink on Perspex Plates Suzy Costello, 2018

Light Modulation 1
Light Modulation 1

Ink on Perspex Plates Suzy Costello, 2018

Light Modulation 1
Light Modulation 1

Ink on Perspex Suzy Costello, 2018

Light Modulation 1 & 2
Light Modulation 1 & 2

Perspex and Oamaru Stone, 2018 Suzy Costello

Light Modulation 2
Light Modulation 2

Oamaru Stone Suzy Costello 2018

Light Modulation 2
Light Modulation 2

Oamaru Stone, 2018 Suzy Costello

Light Modulation 3
Light Modulation 3

Monoprint on Tissue Paper Suzy Costello, 2018

Yellow and White I, II and III
Yellow and White I, II and III

Monoprints Suzy Costello, 2018

Raw Earth 6 & 7
Raw Earth 6 & 7

Monoprints, 2018 Suzy Costello

Red Oxide Grids
Red Oxide Grids

Monoprints, 2018 Suzy Costello

Bronze and shell
Bronze and shell

Bronze Suzy Costello, 2018

Bronze Crystalisation
Bronze Crystalisation

Bronze Suzy Costello, 2018

Ceramics : Pinched Pots Series (2016)

I enjoy making pinched pots. They are simple to create and the feeling of moulding and shaping a pot with air enclosed is a tactile delight. These pinched pots are made from white raku clay and burnished.

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 1 - front

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 1 - left side

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 1 - back

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 1 - right side

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 2, front side

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 2, left side

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 2, back

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 2, right side

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 3, front

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 3, left side

Suzy Costello ceramic
Suzy Costello ceramic

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 3, back

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 3, right side

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pots raku fired

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pots raku fired