For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Sue Yule has been building her artistic career with Art From The Margins (AFTM) since 2017 and in 2018 was recognised with an Emerging Artist Award as part of the AFTM Outsider Art Awards.
‘What 1 Corinthians 12 insists is that we cannot give ourselves to the work of grace apart from giving ourselves to a community that gathers in defiance of the desire for authority and its associated virtues—decency, dignity, and honor.’
Having lived a life of intimate involvement and vital necessity – a life of women’s work – she stands as a monument which cries out in distress to heaven.
‘And so you awake from your escape to find your life was already an escape to the world of your heart’s desire…’
‘Until it burns out with the sun, my vocation is to love Earth, not escape it, to practice caring for it and the other people and places that are here.’
‘unlike the nuclear threat, the apocalypse doesn’t come through an encounter with an enemy, it is a product of modernisation itself, it is a product of the repetition of consumption. The climate apocalypse is an accumulation of our past, a product of desire itself.’
‘To contemplate its contradictions and uneasy legacy. To connect with the others that are drawn into its space.’
‘On mentioning my research, the church building I am frequently asked about is Holy Family. Architects, engineers, clergy, parishioners, academics ask about its design influences…’
‘where were the female, non-Anglo, working class displaced & migrant family, public school educated photographers with chronic illness and trauma??’
However, it seems to me unfair that I would be given this chance ahead of others. Was it through good fortune, or positive thinking?
‘Our response to a building like this, our deep affection for some places and loathing of others: what does that say about us and our community? How can we tell if our reaction is something to treasure and protect or to carefully unravel?’