In Nostalgia for the Body, Sue McDougall has made floating sculptures which literally hover in mid-air and move in the air currents.
McDougall explains that the sculptures depict imaginary beings which have passed from this world; they retain their consciousness but are not happy as they lack agency; they cannot feel the touch of another, have a good meal or even feel the warmth of the sun on their backs. Instead they remember their time on earth with wistfulness and longing. “Much of my art stems from my conviction that this life is all we have and that when we die our consciousness is lost,” McDougall said, “this particular work is my attempt to convince myself that mortality is actually for the best.”
Also showing at the exhibition are a series of wall based works in acrylic and epoxy resin which explore the same themes.
About Sue McDougall
Sue McDougall studied art at the University of Brighton, gaining first an FDA in Fine Art Contemporary Practice in 2013 and an MA in Fine Art in 2015. She previously had a varied career as a journalist, civil servant and business consultant. She decided to give this all up after a chance conversation in 2010 when she complained to a friend, who happened to be an art lecturer, that she had been made to give up art at school in favour of Latin. She was told, “it is not too late.”