Artist Susan Oxenham was named an Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence. She will spend a week at the Bundanon property (27 August to 3 September) working to advance her arts practice.
We invited her to share images of her work and to answer a few questions.
Accessible Arts: What is the focus of your arts practice?
Susan Oxenham: I have a background in fine arts and photography, and my focus is on creating multi-sensory awareness experiences. I am a visual artist with varied expertise and experience including teaching and facilitation.
AA: Why did you apply to be an artist-in-residence?
SO: I applied because securing a Bundanon residency was something on my list to achieve. Ten years ago, I did not have the support to apply. This time around, I did. I would like to inspire and encourage others. Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean that you can’t do it.
AA: How do you plan to spend your time at Bundanon?
SO: I hope to make the most of the environment and to incorporate that into my work. I plan to invite others to participate in cane painting so that we can have a communal experience.
AA: At the end of the residency, what do you hope to have achieved?
SO: At the end, I hope to have built a stronger network with other like-minded spirits. That’s what I need to create. I also hope to have taken advantage of the opportunity of having been in an awesome studio space. I’m sure that more opportunities will come from my Bundanon experience.
What is the Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program?
This program involves spending a week at Bundanon Trust and was opened to emerging and mid-career professional writers (all media), visual artists and musicians. Each recipient had to be living and/or working in New South Wales and identify as being Deaf or as a person with disability. Applications for this program closed on 13 June.
This page was first published on 10 August 2018.
Feature photo: Seasons of the Senses (detail), 2017 by Susan Oxenham