Su Ansell is a filmmaker, lecturer and moving image artist. Her films are ‘poetic’, lyrical, thoughtful, experimental, and thought provoking. Her work contains alternative representations of women, which counter received ideas portrayed via Hollywood and UK media, amongst others, of women as passive ‘reactors’ and victims, or hyper-sexualised icons. Her work also contains a ‘latticework’ of layers of meaning, through the juxtaposition of filmic elements, which encourage an audience to seek out meaning and engage in a ‘dialogue’ with the work.
‘What I hope for, in creating, both a piece of poetry or a moving image work is loosely to weave various elements together in a delicate fabric of connections. The word ‘loosely’ is key, as it is crucial that there are gaps in this fabric, gaps into which a reader or a viewer contributes their own frame of reference, their own experience, threads which connect to the imagination, thus enhancing and extending the resonance of the work’.
Recently her work has extended into the realms of moving image installation art. Su’s current project in production was inspired by a hotel wallpaper. The videowall installation entitled ‘Breastwork’, is aimed at questioning common perceptions & portrayals of the female body.
Through written research, which both complements and interrogates this practice, Su Ansell brings to bear the visceral experience of a film practitioner on theoretical and historical debates surrounding the nature of filmwork authored by women.
In exploring poetic connection within film, particularly from a female perspective, she is developing and contributing to knowledge of a very particular film form, which eschews traditional narrative and has its roots in avant-garde and art practice.