The Long Run #5: Suzanne Archer on responding to life

“I guess that is the thread, that I am very open to influences that come into my life, you know, and I respond to them,” says Suzanne Archer in The Long Run, Art Guide’s latest podcast series featuring interviews with artists who have 60-year practices.

Based just outside of Sydney in the bushy suburb of Wedderburn, Archer has long-created layered and dense drawings and paintings, alongside sculpture and installations. With a practice always slightly edging on the mysterious, Archer’s work looks at nature, mortality, disgust and decay. Born in Surrey in the United Kingdom, Archer moved to Australia in 1965 and has since gone on to win numerous awards including the Wynne and Dobell Prizes.

In a very open conversation, Archer talks about how her immediate environment in Wedderburn pervades her art practice, from conscious to unconscious levels. She further discusses her first exhibition and what she feels about the idea of being called a ‘female painter’, as well as taking about having children and an art practice. Finally, Archer tells us how mortality plays out in her work, her decision to break from traditional portraiture, and what it was like for her to recently reflect on a career of 60 years.

This episode of The Long Run is an ongoing podcast series, and you can listen back to previous episodes with Robert Owen, Gareth Sansom, Wendy Stavrianos and John Wolseley. You can also subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, so you never miss an episode.

The Mermaid’s Tail
Suzanne Archer
Orange Regional Gallery
29 April – 25 June 2023

Suzanne Archer is represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery in Melbourne, and Nanda\Hobbs in Sydney.

This series is kindly sponsored by Leonard Joel Auctioneers and Valuers, based in Melbourne and Sydney.

Produced and presented by Tiarney Miekus, engineering by Patrick Telfer, and music by Mino Peric.

Podcast Words by Tiarney Miekus