Susan Joy Krieg is an emerging Sydney-based artist, who works in a multidisciplinary way to include woodwork, drawing, audio-visual work, and other forms of making and artifice in her practice.
SJK completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at the National Art School in 2013. In the same year she was awarded the William Fletcher Foundation Tertiary Grant, and the Basil and Muriel Hooper Foundation Scholarship from the AGNSW. Since 2014 she has exhibited in Sydney's Artist Run Initiatives. Her practice is run from her studio in Redfern, Sydney.
Her practice presents an ongoing inquiry into semiotics and linguistics. Her focus oft settles upon the art-world context, addressing the relationship between artist and audience. Her work displays a preoccupation with the artist as semiotician, the artist's predicament, an interest in the threshold between illegibility and comprehension, and, increasingly, the socio-political aspects of language, semiotics, and gesture.
SJK's work aligns with a long history of semiotics in art, notably with regard to Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner, those of the Art & Language Group, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and John Baldessari. Contemporary influences include artists the likes of Simryn Gill, Michael Parekowhai, Willem Boshoff and Alejandro Cesarco.
Simultaneously to building her practice, Susan has gained 7 years' experience working professionally in the arts. Susan holds museum experience - through the MCA and AGNSW; commercial gallery experience - through her present role at The Commercial, and previous role at OLSEN; art fair experience via OLSEN at Sydney Contemporary in 2015 & 2017, also with Spring 1883 in 2017; and intern experience with Glenn Barkley and Holly Williams at The Curator's Department in 2017. Currently completing her Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at Art & Design UNSW, her professional understanding of the Australian arts ecology continues to deepen and grow.