Approved: 19.09.2007

Susan Waters

Artist, Maker

Approved: 19.09.2007

I live and work on the Northumberland coast. My mixed-media pieces can be seen as portraits, usually witty, often tinged with sandness, always relating to ordinary lives or memories. I love unloved material, rubbish especially. Magpie-like, I collect whatever catches my eye when I am out walking: cartridge shells, lone gloves, seaweed, seed casings, rose thorns, seashells. Although my pieces resemble useful objects - clothing, baggage, deckchairs - the bags can't be carried, the clothes can't be worn, and the chairs can't be sat in. Their function is in their beauty and the stories they tell.

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  • Location: Alnwick, North East
  • Artforms: Basketry, Environment, Mixed media, Sculpture, Textiles
  • Tags: 3d object, accessory, bag, briefcase, caricature, organic, ageing, fertility, fragility, apron, costume, motherhood, natural material, textile, environmental
 
 

Biography

I live and work on the Northumberland coast. My mixed-media pieces can be seen as portraits, usually witty, often tinged with sandness, always relating to ordinary lives or memories. I love unloved material, rubbish especially. Magpie-like, I collect whatever catches my eye when I am out walking: cartridge shells, lone gloves, seaweed, seed casings, rose thorns, seashells. Although my pieces resemble useful objects - clothing, baggage, deckchairs - the bags can't be carried, the clothes can't be worn, and the chairs can't be sat in. Their function is in their beauty and the stories they tell.

 

 

 

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