Painting has been my way of tapping into a world that is invisible, interconnected and vibrantly alive. It is a way of collaborating with creative energy allowing it to reveal what is not yet known but longing to show itself. I believe in the deepest level of my being that creativity is both a pattern and a code that shows us that we are not alone.
Visual Medicine revealed itself to me over sixteen years ago just as my art-to-wear business was coming to a natural end. Over time, I handprinted more than five thousand metres of fabric. Each centimetre painted with a unique unrepeatable print. I had printed, hand washed, overprinted, reprocessed and delicately dried fabric for many thousands of hours of solo work. This was part of my apprenticeship in Visual Medicine. I had seen and experienced paint, dyes, and inks moving in exquisite flowing conversation with such intimate encounter that I could no longer be blind or deaf to the unfolding reality that the material world is alive with energy and ready to speak to us - when we create the right circumstances for it to communicate.
I have a degree in painting from my birthplace Sydney, Australia. I trained in Body-Orientated Psychotherapy at the Chiron Centre, London. I am an ordained Interfaith Minister through OneSpirit, UK. I have worked in private psychotherapy practice and primary care as an Addiction Counsellor, in a radical hospice working with people with HIV and AIDS, and various projects with women in recovery from mental illness or encounters with the criminal justice system. My work is collaborative and deeply informed by my training as an artist, psychotherapist, and my own spiritual searching.
I have practiced painting for over 35 years and exhibited and sold my paintings, textiles and art-to-wear clothes around the world. I also work large scale with constructed canvas, handmade paper, beeswax, inks, natural pigments, and pastels. You can see more of my Fine Art paintings here www.suzetteclough.com
Unfolding Visual Medicine has been a life-defining experience. I feel deeply honoured to teach Visual Medicine.