|Suzy and her sweet dog Sausage|
After a much needed mug of tea we stepped out into the drizzly November day to Suzys studio, a converted barn in the Cornish countryside.
|The Barn Studio|
|Her art spills outside into the environment|
Can you tell us your story through art so far?
I was born in Manchester and grew up in Stockport, after school I started a foundation course at Stockport College, but for a variety of reasons didnt complete it. I then went on to a career in Financial Services until I had children. We moved to Cornwall in 1995 and since then I have been intermittently studying, Access and Foundation Degree at Cornwall College, BA Fine Art at Plymouth, PGCE and most recently MA Illustration:Authorial Practice at Falmouth. I have exhibited quite widely with the largest show being at the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre. I also get involved in projects whenever I can, most recently the Ghosts of Gone Birds 'Live Art Studio' in which we were asked to resurrect extinct species of birds for a day whilst being viewed from a birdwatching hide by members of the public.
|Inside the studio|
What are the main inspirations in your work?
Birds, animals and the complex and symbiotic relationship between humans and animals.
|A piece in response to the BP oil spill|
|And nature comes back into the studio|
We loved you MA Authorial practice pieces, can you tell us more about this project?
This was the culmination of 2 years of intense study into our relationship with animals. It seemed the more I looked the more difficult it became to see anything positive in this relationship from the perspective of the animal. The paintings explored this in often contradictory and damaging relationship as I tried to consider it from the perspective of the animal. I wanted my humans to walk in the shoes of the animal and I wanted the audience to question what this maybe like, just for a second!
Read more about Suzy's MA practice here.
|We got to see Suzy working her magic on the press|
How do you use your studio?
I use my studio as a place to make a mess and not have to tidy up,a place to think, storage space and a place of focus...although it is usually too cold in the winter and I have to retreat to a spare room in the house.
|Ready for printing!|
|Paints and bones|
|We loved all the magazines|
Throughout the month of November Suzy is taking part in a 30 art challenge where she paints, draws, collages or prints three images a day every day in November. Most of the paintings will be for sale at £30 plus P & P with 1/3 (£10) split between her 3 favourite charities which are Mousehole Bird Hospital, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Compassion in Wild Farming.
Find out more about Suzy and her artistic practice in Cornwall visit her:
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