Brian Grison

Critic, Historian

"Some of the specific and almost secret things that one might see in Roberta Pyx Sutherland's work, such as tiny or faint drawings of natural objects, texts, horizon lines or mapping lines, are visible at only inches from the surface. Other elements, like faint or implied grid systems, or the contours of unknown landmasses, are visible only from more than five feet away.

"She employs materials and techniques that are difficult to identify, and therefore intriguing and mysterious… Almost all her art includes both drawing and painting, as well as collage, printmaking, tearing, creasing, fine realistic rendering, meditative doodling, patterns and randomness, careful design and free association, oil-like opacity and watercolour transparency, smooth flatness and rough bas relief, pristine newness to weathering decay.

"These surfaces suggest art and craft from all history throughout the world; Medieval book decoration, Pompeiian fresco surfaces, Tibetan ceremonial sand drawing, raku ceramics, Zen calligraphy, shimmering Byzantine mosaics, to a few secret ones that she has invented.

"Her art is like the slow, gentle and deep breathing of a patient planet. To read and appreciate her art fully, the viewer might need all the knowledge and wisdom of Earth. Then, finally, holding this consciousness in their eye and mind, the viewer can relax and calm their own breath to the rhythm of the endless pattern of matter and energy that creates the universe."