Ord’s practice is rooted in the process of painting, it finds its language from Landscape, architecture and from the experiential. Factors that inform the making are specific to place and memory.
Recent work is connected to the she time spent at the British School at Rome, as an Abbey fellow, autumn 2014. Where she worked underground on paintings as a way of looking and of re thinking, remembering not only the visual but also the harder to locate and catalogue, smells, humidity, history.
In 2008 before the Rome residency, Ord spent 3 months in New Zealand, making a body of work from studies, drawings and photographs. Works which expressed some of the reactions and feelings of being/hanging off the other side of the world.
This process of gathering information via studies that build into layers of source material, that then allows the resulting paintings to be at points tethered and yet able to find their own site.
Whilst her studio practice is solitary, Ord is an artist who loves to connect. As co- founder or Braziers International artist’s Workshop started 1995, and became Supernormal Festival in 2010. Ord has worked with UK based and International artists, to bring about symposiums, workshops, and residencies.
Cherry Symth writing on Ord’s work suggests: “I’m reminded of Zaha Hadid’s attempts to collapse the distinctions of up and down, inside and out that she called “Planatary Architecture” Ord’s seductive conceptual headlands and refusal to special hierarchies could be dubbed “Planetary Abstraction”.
Most recent residencies in Southern Spain and the West coast of Ireland have provided time and space for continued explorations. Susak will weave a new magic of island life and Ord will respond with work that illuminates perhaps unexpected aspects, small details, colour, light and atmosphere unique to Susak.