Susan Deakin

Portfolio: High Cross House, Dartington

work in progress

In the autumn of 2013, Susan was selected as artist in residence at High Cross House at Dartington, near Totnes. Built in the 1930s for the headmaster of the former progressive school, the house was designed by William Lescaze, and regarded as a classic of Modernism. At the time of her residency, the house was open to the public under the auspices of The National Trust.

Autumn fruits, the decay of vegetation and of the building itself, together with spoken snatches of conversation overheard in the house, provided food for Susan's residency. Drawings of the large chesnuts of the garden there, were made on the spot, reflecting the artist's preoccupation with trees.