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 on the cusp of Redfern and Darlington.
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, SJK has gained over 5 years' experience working professionally in the Arts. Susan Joy holds strong institutional experience - through the MCA and AGNSW; commercial gallery experience - through her present role at OLSEN IRWIN; and art fair experience via OLSEN IRWIN and Sydney Contemporary. 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.