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Shadow of Doubt. Dr Ross Moore.

Sightlines. The Age. Friday 3 October 2008.

Shadow of Doubt

Susan Buret is a cunning conjurer. From a distance her delicate pastel-coloured collage paintings present as fragile decorative friezes. Intricate patterns compose rippling rhythms and one thinks of Moroccan evenings. Then, standing closer, you realize the backgrounds are composed of shredded photocopied visas while repeated stamps of suitcases, razor wire and bomber aircraft form a surface mesh. What was pretty suddenly flips into poisonous commentary on international border protection and refugee camps. Almost subliminally, in the centre of each image, the fainted shudder of a silhouette hovers. These are the ghosts of the stateless returning to haunt us.

Dr Ross Moore