Sue uses fictional imagery in her work to describe the human condition. Life, love, memory and loss are the themes explored within her work. Sue often refers to birds in flight as a symbolic representation of spiritual freedom and strength.
The initial impulse for much of her earlier work was prompted by personal memory and experience and is reflective in her English, Chinese/Malaysian parentage and themes relating to identity. As her work has progressed she has begun to focus more closely on human emotions.
In order to express her ideas, work takes the form of layered surfaces, using wax and plaster to seal and submerge text and imagery. Hand stitched words emerge from the surfaces expressing emotions, themes and dream like ideas.
Sue's work seeks to convey a calm quality by using muted colours. She uses wax in her work which carries ideas of preservation, whilst thread and stitch suggest continuity.