Susan Castillo’s lockdown project

Finding Form is part of a photography project Susan Castillo created during lockdown which explores how shape and colour are transformed over time. The creation of hand-built sculptural objects, which are then photographed over a long exposure, culminates in the intrinsic abstract, saturated and graphic nature of the work.


Why did you put yourself forward for the open call?

It’s nice to be a part of semi-local (I’m Glasgow based) events - particularly during this strange time we find ourselves in. Also, I’ve always liked what Paulin do and their ethos so it felt like a nice opportunity to be a part of that.


Tell me about this particular piece.

The piece is called D2; it was born from the desire to be creative, experiment and have fun during lockdown. It’s an exploration of shape and colour transformed by time. This was one of the first pieces I shot and is part of a much larger series. The importance of the project is heavily weighted on the processes and stages taken to reach the end result, as much as the result itself. It was really cathartic for me, bringing together shapes and colours and playing with sculptural forms. These are then shot over a long exposure, allowing me to introduce movement into the mix. This one is one of my favourites from the series, as it has a satisfying graduation of colour and is quite fluid and soft. It is far removed from the sculptural blocky shape it originated from, but that’s what the process does: it surprises and transforms.

It is the combination of all the elements that lead to the intrinsic abstract, saturated and graphic nature of the work.



Is this the kind of work you usually do?

No and yes. I’m a still life and product photographer and I usually work on commercial images. However, whenever I can I do try to include a little experimentation and playfulness in my work. Personal work is very important and something I try to make time for.



How do you connect to Paulin as a member of the Scottish creative community?

I operate a service that is founded on working with the local creative community. It’s a relationship that I cherish and value much like that of Paulin. Scotland has a thriving creative scene and I love being a tiny part of that. 

Drop by our shop in Edinburgh to have a look at D2 yourself!
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