Approved: 19.09.2007

Susan Waters

Artist

Archived
Approved: 19.09.2007

My 3-dimensional work focuses on elements of the natural world which are often overlooked and undervalued and so aims to encourage people to question this and to develop an enhanced perception of their environment. I like to make people think by triggering their emotions through texture and smell and perhaps make them smile.
I wanted to portray the seaside differently from 'the blue sky, sea and

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  • Location: Alnwick, North East
  • Activities: Workshops, Arts in health, Participatory projects, Gallery education, Marketing/communications, Evaluation
 

Biography

My 3-dimensional work focuses on elements of the natural world which are often overlooked and undervalued and so aims to encourage people to question this and to develop an enhanced perception of their environment. I like to make people think by triggering their emotions through texture and smell and perhaps make them smile. I wanted to portray the seaside differently from 'the blue sky, sea and sand' image. I try to express some of its beauty and diversity while I worry how we abuse this vast environment. I have recycled natural materials which are themselves stimulating and fundamental to my work. Their origin, the sea shore, and the authenticity of the materials I use have the potency to unlock the past. I present evocative opposites, the most consistent being attraction and revulsion, pain and pleasure. Bikinis and deckchairs are icons of leisure and pleasure whilst the materials I make them from, seaweed and fish skins, arouse feelings of revulsion and discomfort. They bring into question what one values and why. I make dresses and hats from fish skins which some find repulsive and others beautiful. Lifejackets combine the horror of death with the fun of living. I have more recently varied the use of materials to include garden products, for example deckchairs made of thorns and bikinis made of petals representing pain and pleasure of gardening. This has lead on to my latest project which traces our Rights of Passage from birth to death, each marked by gifts of flowers. It celebrates the part played by flowers in a woman's life and is interwoven with a theme on the Ages of Woman celebrating the changing shape of a woman's body throughout her life. The sculptured garments enfold a void for the visitor to imagine inhabiting.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1995 - BA Fine Art, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey 1993 - Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Croydon School of Art and Design, Croydon, Surrey Solo exhibitions 2012 - Baggage, Alnmouth Art Festival, Alnmouth, Northumberland 2007 - Another Shore, Arts Centre, Havant, Hampshire 2007 - Rights of Passage, The ArtWorks Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2006 - Fair Trade, Oxford Brooks University, Oxford 2005 - Another Shore, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall 2005 - Sustainable Oxfordshire, Oxford Brooks University, Oxford Group exhibitions 2011 - 5th Open Exhibition, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick Northumberland 2011 - Material Memories, Alnmouth Art Festival, Alnmouth, Northumberland 2007 - Drawing on Oxford, Town Hall, Oxford 2006 - Human Zoo, University of Northumbria Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2006 - Many Hands, Arts Centre, Havant, Hampshire 2006 - Reworked, Washington Gallery, Penarth, S Wales 2006 - Visual Voices, Osterley Park House, London 2005 - Many Hands, Windsor Street Gallery, Chertsey, Surrey 2005 - People’s Show, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne 2004 - Gallery, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2003 - Natural Places, Bondgate Theatre, Alnwick, Northumberland 2003 - Open, Artsway Gallery, Sway, Hampshire 2003 - Visual Voices, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey 2003 - What a Waste, Littlehampton Museum, Littlehampton, Sussex 2002 - Gallery, Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth, Northumberland 2000 - Gallery, James Hockey Gallery, Farnham, Surrey 2000 - Pre-Degree Show, Whiteleys Gallery, Bayswater, London 1995 - Foundation Show, Croydon School of Art and Design, Croydon, Surrey Degree shows 2000 - Degree Show, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey Competitions, prizes and awards 2004 - Homage, Barker & Stonehouse, Newcastle upon Tyne Publications 2011 - A Force of Nature,The Journal, Culture magazine, Newcastle 2011 - Metro, Discover the True Force of Nature in Art 2006 - The Sea Inside, Newcastle Journal, Culture Magazine 2005 - Itsy Bitsy Seaweed Bikini, Cornwall 24