Suzan InceerArtist, Maker, Arts development worker, Gallery educator, Community worker
To provoke curiosity I experiment with both media and imagery . I work in 2 D (paint, collage, textiles ,mixed media ) and 3D. Using junk and surplus materials (recycling) is a speciality. I just love to see how and if materials will work together.The work is stylised but recognisable and often there is a story. I draw a lot on humour and the absurd . Recurring themes include : exaggeration, the patterns found in written foreign script.. and peoples faces. I have travelled extensively, so I frequently dip into those memories and influences .The direction of my work is enriched by work as an artist in education. Other influences : food and cooking, the architecture and hubbub in cities, particularly Istanbul, London... Cycling from A to B , sea swimming . I have been a visual artist for 25 years : from fine art to textile design to illustration and back again ( if you like categories) and for the past 15 years I've also worked very enjoyably in education and other sectors of the community, with all ages and abilities. I work in schools, galleries, museums, care homes, etc. Sessions are as diverse as: inspiring 40 NHS executives to let their imaginations literally hang out (using junk as the medium), to embossing on to clay plates with patients in a hospice and experimenting with fabric and print, with clients who have Alzheimers. The bulk of my work in education is in Primary Schools, but I also often work with pre-school age children and or their families. Residences range from two weeks to six months. I have trained other artists and also take staff training and development sessions ( with youth workers and pre school staff and primary school teachers). I regularly work with people who have special needs including people with mental health and drug / alcohol dependency issues. I have illustrated for newspapers (a regular series of recipe illustrations for The Weekend Guardian) and magazines including: The Big Issue, The Illustrated London News, Hair & Black Beauty, International Textile magazine ,Computer Shopper, G .P Magazine, TNT, SuperMarketing ,SkyLife , Homes & Gardens,T.V. Week, Good Food Magazine , Hairdressers Journal Int.; Ariel (The BBC),Portland Publishing , UniFree magazine, Istanbul. Contact Illustrators '93 (p180) .Other clients include : Polydor Records,The British Council ,Fans Clothing, London,The Fridge, Brixton,The Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Society,H. Baur Publications,TrailFinders. I have sold my design ideas for fashion fabrics in New York and Los Angeles. I have pieces in private and some public collections.