Constructing Worlds F4: An Artist Collective Considered

By Susan E. Jowsey.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper investigates an artist collective that is comprised of a nuclear family, the parents and their two children. The key theme revolves around implications of power relations within this collective construct. The artist collective F4 operates between the realm of the subconscious and the analytical, in conjunction with the blend of ‘the imaginary’ and ‘the lived experience’ characteristic of the daily lives of children. This paper will within this context, explore the intrinsic relationship between process and concept; art and life within the artwork produced by the collective.

Keywords: Collective, Family, Testimony, The Subconscious, Intersubjectivity, Fragmentary, Patterns of the Personal, Transitional Phenomena, Lived Experience and Power

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.237-250. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.149MB).

Susan E. Jowsey

Lecturer in Graphic Design and Digital Animation, Department of Design and Visual Arts, Faculty of Creative Industries and Business, Unitec, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Susan Jowsey is an artist and a Lecturer in Graphic Design and Digital Animation in the Department of Design and Visual Arts Unitec, New Zealand. Educated at Auckland University she completed a Bachelors Degree in Education and Sociology and an MPhil in Fine Arts. A founding member of the artist collective F4 comprising Herself, Marcus Williams and their two children Jesse and Mercy Williams. Susan is a multimedia artist working with installation, moving image and photography. She resides in Auckland New Zealand; In 2009 F4 won a major New Zealand award with their work ‘The Correction’ which enabled them to live in New York for a period of six months as Artists in Resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn. Both Susan Jowsey’s and F4’s works are held in major public and private collections within New Zealand.


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