About the Exhibition
The Work Before is an exhibition of a series of works by prominent New Brunswick visual artist Suzanne Hill. Through observing the work and rehearsal of the Atlantic Ballet, Hill photographed, watched, and sketched dancers – their clothing, preparation for class, exercises and movements. the stretching and warming of bodies. The dancers rehearsed, worked and repeated, worked and repeated until their actions were “right”.
Through this experience and through the trial and error of creating pieces that expressed the stress, conflict, and motion of bodies at work, (multitudes of sketches, experiments with media, photo transfers, false starts), Hill began to explore notions of ritual and pattern within arts practises and the hard work that goes into any artistic product of value. Hill developed a deeper awareness of the work that goes into the development and maintenance of a dancer’s body as an expressive medium.
The result is a series of striking visual images in collage and layered drawings that illustrate Hill’s artistic process of development, suggesting the extensive work that happens both “pre-performance” and “pre-visual art presentation”.
About the Artist
Suzanne Hill lives in Rothesay, N.B. and is active as a professional artist and art education consultant. A graduate of Mount Allison and McGill Universities, she exhibits in the Atlantic Region. Her works are included in many private and public collections, including the New Brunswick Art Bank, the Canada Council Art Bank, UNB, NB Museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the University of Maine, and the Governor General of Canada. She is also represented in the collections of the Canadian War Museum and the Department of External Affairs.
She has served as a juror for the Strathbutler Award, Newfoundland/Labrador Arts Council, the N.B. Art Bank Creation and Excellence Grants. She has served on the NB Arts Board executive, on the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Museum, and now with the SHMF. In 2003 she worked with 2 others to create the NB Visual Art Education Association, and is a participant in the current ArtsLink Arts Education Review steering committee.
She received an “A” grant from artsnb to fund a major series, “Singular”, exhibited 2016-17 at the New Brunswick Museum. This show inspired poetry from Governor-General’s Award winner Anne Compton, and the creation of a new ballet from the Atlantic Ballet Company – Convergence. Recently, illustrations for a 33 poem collection by Monty Reid, “El Gran Zoo” were exhibited in Fredericton.