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Susan Norrie - Undertow 

Undertow was simultaneously an overwhelming and deeply meditative video installation, one of the most ambitious that Susan Norrie created, and the culmination of several years of experimentation and development in her art practice. 

Her exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales portrayed the world in a state of both beauty and terror, shuddering with natural and unnatural events which verge on the catastrophic.

Undertow immersed the viewer in images of ominous tempests, delicate spring blossoms, bubbling mud pools, swirling clouds of dust, and scientific experiments which manifestly cannot make sense of these phenomena. The range and scale of images has a vertiginous and unsettling effect that pulls at the viewer's unconscious. 

The 2003 exhibition 'Undertow' was the second Clayton Utz Contemporary Art Project at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and again their generous support allows the exhibition of an ambitious installation by a highly regarded contemporary artist. Undertow was commissioned by the Melbourne Festival for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2002. 

Undertow was presented to coincide with the exhibition Susan Norrie: notes from underground, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

On view: July to October 2003

 Art Gallery of New South Wales 
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