New Zealand artist Susan Edge began working with fabrics in 1980. Her inventive and light hearted fabric/collage wall-hangings sold throughout New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. She exhibited at the Academy of Fine Arts, Textile and Fibre Awards, National Gallery, North Shore City Art Awards and the Marina Gallery. In 1999 Susan was Artist in Residence at the John F Kennedy International School in Saanen, Switzerland, where she worked with children of all ages to create their own wall-hangings.
Still employing the elements of her witty wall-hangings, Susan now paints in two styles, naive and surreal, using acrylics on canvas. Her acute observational skills are employed in the naive paintings, depicting the essence of life in New Zealand.
The surreal paintings display a quirky humour and often wry social commentary.
‘Memories on Canvas’ are commissions depicting a particular time or place in a person’s life and are often requested as a special gift. Susan works in close collaboration with the client, working by phone, email , photos and when possible a site visit.
Susan has been a finalist in the Telecom Art Awards, Waiheke Art Awards, North Shore City Art Awards, and NZ Art Guild Award. Her 2004 work ‘ Waipu Cove – Lagoon End’ won the Telecom Art Award and featured on the cover of 111,000 Northland phone book covers. In April 2011 and 2012 she was awarded first prize and a merit award at the Royal Easter Show in the mixed media category. Susan exhibits regularly at the NZ Art Show in Wellington, supplies galleries throughout New Zealand, participates in group exhibitions, and has held several successful solo exhibitions.