Summer Residency

5 Jan – 30 Jan 2018

Ella Sutherland

While on residency at Enjoy from 5–30 January 2018, artist and graphic designer Ella Sutherland will continue her current research on the poetics of typography and the way language is used to collect, archive and represent knowledge.


Looking to the local context of Wellington, Sutherland’s project begins with research into a number of serial publications produced between 1970–1990 held the Lesbian and Gay Archives at The National Library of New Zealand. By focusing on material produced by small presses, independent organisations, activists and artists, Sutherland will work to locate modes of representation that connect to histories that have evolved outside of traditional historiographic practices. This research will inform a new series of work to be presented at Enjoy in mid-2018 which reflects on the historic development and contemporary impact of self-published serials for queer communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and considers how this material embodies the culture, technology and socio-political context surrounding its creation.

During her time in Wellington, Ella will stay at the historic Bolton St Cottage thanks to Wellington City Council.

Image: Ella Sutherland, Queue, 2017, digital print on aluminium, anodised aluminium frame, vinyl, 3600 x 2620 mm. Finalist Exhibition for the John Fries Award, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia, August 2017.

About the artist

Ella Sutherland is a Sydney-based New Zealand artist and graphic designer whose work is concerned with the analysis of text and visual language, and in particular, the ways in which typographic systems may be collected and represented in the documentary form. Ella studied graphic design at Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch and while completing a Masters degree, co-founded Dog Park Art Project Space (Christchurch, 2012–2014). Recent exhibitions include Slow Seeing and Attention to Make, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, 2016; Beauty is in the Street, Objectspace, Auckland, 2016; Boring month start to finish, the whole month, North Projects, Christchurch, 2015; Speaking places: How to Work (with Matthew Galloway), Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, 2015. Recent publication projects include with a body always but but still drying, designed for the Biennale of Sydney and Artspace, Sydney; Pale Like a Fish, edited and designed for North Projects, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2016; Speaking places: Hamilton 2015 (with Matthew Galloway), artist publication for Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2016; Home & Away (with Dave Marshall), artist publication for RM Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014. Ella is a current board member of The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand.