Far away draws from the interlink relationship of pleasure and pain. Perhaps one could ask, how much pain are we prepared to go through in the name of life’s pleasure? Similarly, I guess there are many things in life where there is pain with pleasure? Everything from the pain of child-birth to the pleasure of a new born baby, or the pain of a tough workout to the pleasure of a fitter body, or the pain of getting a tattoo for the pleasure of what you have afterwards. Where there is pleasure, pain is not far behind.
I drew far away after the relationship of my boyfriend and I broke down. I don’t know whether the drawing first arose from my mind, and was then recorded by my hand. Or whether it was drawn autonomously by my hand, or even, emerged consequently from a collaboration of my mind and my hand. All I remember was the act of drawing itself – the unconscious thinking through drawing that had swept me far away.
In the name of life’s pleasures, we all endure various levels of pain for our own satisfaction. What determines this level is when the pleasure outweighs the pain.
A Little About Me
Susanne Chan is a Sydney based Interactive Artist who focuses in Architectural Environments. She has a Bachelor of Science Architecture from UNSW and is a Masters of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts graduand from the University of Sydney. Susanne is currently working at Cox Richardson Architects and was involved the Emergency Shelter Exhibition at the Customs House. The project was exhibited in the Sydney Architecture Festival in 2011.
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