Sue Daly

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Sue Daly was born in 1945 in Devonport, Auckland. She graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts from Auckland University in 1966 and completed a Diploma of Teaching in 1967.

Daly has been exhibiting her work throughout New Zealand since 1964 in both solo and group shows. A committed educator in the field of arts, Daly has held a number of high profile positions. For many years she was the Head of Department in Art at several high schools in the Auckland and Northland areas, before taking up the position of Senior Lecturer in Painting at the Auckland School of Art and later at the Auckland Institute of Technology. Daly continues to work as a Programme Leader for art courses in colleges and art schools, most prominently for the NorthTec Hokianga campus, where her work and her experience in education has had a formative influence on an emerging generation of Northland artists.

Her current work acknowledges Daly's physical and spiritual environment, amalgamating mud and clay collected from the forests and harbour floor of the Hokianga with paint, pencil, pen, varnish and gold leaf to form works of great density and depth, across which repetitive marks are strewn to suggest the social interplay of modern New Zealand. As Daly explains, these marks are “seemingly identical but always different, veiling the surfaces, revealing and hiding the underlying ground. This meditative covering soothes and disguises the turmoil below.“

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