Sue Roots

I have always drawn, made, dabbled and experimented. Art was one of my specialist subjects when I studied at Palmerston North Teachers College. For most of my career I have been a primary school classroom teacher but I also spent time as a specialist Intermediate Art teacher. In 2003, my life as a printmaker began when I attended woodcut classes at the Waikato Society of Arts. Etching captivated me soon after, and this is now my primary medium. It is a traditional form of printmaking using zinc plate & nitric acid to create etched lines, tonal areas and textures. The plate is then handprinted using an etching press. I also create collagraphs, lithographs and resin jewellery.  Printmaking is the perfect match for me. I love to make. I love process - the complex process that printmaking demands. There is so much control over the design, the technique, the timing, and yet the final result still surprises. My work reflects my view. For me it is about family, where I’m at in my life and things that catch my eye. Although I live in Hamilton, I am often at Waihi Beach where I am drawn to make sights and scenes into etchings! A sometimes seemingly simple gem of an idea can come from a song line, a spoken word, a fresh view. I look for positivity, beauty, detail, texture and warmth. I look deeply at what is close by.

I have had 5 solo exhibitions. My work has been included in numerous selected group exhibitions and is sold in several NZ galleries.

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