Sue Malthus - Contemporary painter & print maker
Sue Malthus is a Wellington contemporary painter and print-maker who uses many different media and found objects.
With a gold background signifying the preciousness of life, Sue’s BraveArt work titled Information Overload is a reflection of her family’s emotions as they coped with the breast cancer diagnosis her mother received in 2005.
Following mastectomy surgery, the oncology specialist sent a letter outlining all treatment options, statistics, survivability rates, and medical details, which the family struggled to comprehend. “Nothing was black or white” said Sue. “There was so much confusion with the alternatives and so many grey areas.”
It is this document, printed in greyscale, which Sue used to mosaic the torso of actor Miranda Harcourt.
Finished with jewels and resin, the torso’s glass-like surface reflects the light, as a celebration of the life her mother now lives as a breast cancer survivor.
Sue loves to paint, and has experimented for the last twenty years using mixed media such as watercolour, acrylic, oil, gold leaf, resin, found objects and printing inks. Print making is her passion and she loves experimenting with different printing processes.
Sue has completed a Diploma of Art and Creativity (Honours) at The Learning Connexion. Many of her works have been exhibited in collections in New Zealand and overseas over the past ten years. She also works part-time at Te Papa.
She jumped at the opportunity to work on BraveArt. “I would love to be involved in this. It is for a great cause” she said.
Miranda Harcourt - Actor
Wellingtonian Miranda Harcourt ONZM, is a celebrated actor of stage and screen in New Zealand. Her prolific career has included work in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, and alongside Hollywood stars, devising and publishing a literacy and numeracy system for children, the post of Head of Acting at the national drama school and coaching work with numerous actors and communicators.
Trained as an actor at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Miranda went on to star in TV roles, and develop a career in the theatre and film industry.
Pioneering verbatim theatre in New Zealand, her now classic play Verbatim with William Brandt, toured to every prison in the country - as well as schools, theatres and internationally.
As well as coaching, Miranda continues to work closely with husband Stuart McKenzie in film and theatre. Their production company MAP Films has made a number of award-winning short films.
As a theatre director Miranda has worked for Downstage Theatre, the Auckland Theatre Company and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. Her productions have won popular acclaim and a number of Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.
As an actress Miranda has twice been awarded Best Actress at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Looking to the future she will be co-directing with Stuart his adaption of Margaret Mahy's classic novel The Changeover for the screen.
In her many roles and throughout her career as an acting coach, she has come to understand and appreciate the power of courage and positivity in women.
That is why she was more than happy to support the CanSurvive team with the BraveArt project when invited to model.