Sue Simons Wallace created pottery and textiles in her early university days but put aside her creative work to focus on teaching and other life work until 1990 when the need to be creative surfaced strongly. Reflections and impressions of objects have always fascinated Sue Simons Wallace. The creation of gyotaku (fish rubbings) is simply an extension of this attraction and has been her main creative interest for the past seventeen years. It is a very elusive process and requires working many hours to stage the fish for the best possible design and placement on the paper. Wallace uses handmade Japanese rice paper of various types and several different inks and watercolours to create the images. Only freshly caught fish are used. The effort is to make impressionistic, ephemeral images of the fish – fossil-like images that are correct but not exact. The hope is that the viewer will come away with an impression of the beauty and movement that is evident in the live fish. They are a wonderful balance between an elegant, understated look and a refreshingly contemporary presentation of an old tradition. These fine art prints are unique collectibles.
Sue Simons Wallace’s work has been exhibited in South Carolina, Florida, New Mexico and Colorado to name a few locations. Locally, her work was in an exhibition in 2003 entitled “Fish” at the Nina Liu and Friends Gallery. She had a show at Historic Charleston Reproductions Shop in 2005 and her work was featured in the 2006 Southern Living Idea House on Daniel Island. Since September 2005, her work has hung in the Corrigan Gallery.
Her work was selected for the Medical University of South Carolina's contemporary collection for the 2008 Ashley River Tower.