Ella Sutherland: Margins & Satellites
Margins & Satellites continues artist and designer Ella Sutherland’s ongoing enquiry into the relationship between printed matter, typography and social histories, focussing on what Sutherland describes as “a queering of mechanical reproduction.”
Drawing from research undertaken during her residency at Enjoy Public Art Gallery in January 2018, Sutherland has developed a new body of work that responds to serial publications produced in the 1970s¬–1990s held in the Lesbian and Gay Archive New Zealand (LAGANZ).
Collating the typographic and design features of this material, Sutherland has produced a series of silkscreen posters that explore the visual language of these publications. These works are accompanied by contextual markers and printed multiples produced in collaboration with practitioners based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Presented as glue-bound pads, visitors are invited choose from these multiples and assemble their own publication to take away, further disseminating the collated material into personal libraries or other collections.
Unpacking the wider design context of queer archival material, Margins & Satellites reflects on the way we understand the printed form as a mode of contemporary practice today, as well as reflecting on the continuous development of languages that are deployed and contested within LBGTQIA+ communities. Through close consideration of the graphic and typographic treatment of ephemera from the LAGANZ collection, Sutherland’s research asks what specific language has developed within this space and how this printed matter has influenced design, text and language in similar spaces today.
Seeking to both locate visual narratives and identities that may be within the collection and to celebrate the accomplishments of serial publications, Margins & Satellites explores how design histories are embodied in material both past and present