Down Home Girl Studio - Suzanne Sawyer
I am an artist because I value making things by hand and I find expressing my view of the world through my creative work incredibly satisfying. I often find inspiration for my work in nature, but also regularly find it in human nature – in the motivations of and interactions with people. I find people-watching to be some of the best fodder for my work. I am equally endlessly entertained by the complexity and diversity of nature, plants in particular, and find them a useful symbol in my work. Plants are interesting to me both for their formal qualities – shapes, patterns, colors, and textures – but also for their rich symbolism. A certain plant might be beautiful and yet poisonous to consume. That sort of inherent duality is a concept that I regularly address in my work. Life is complicated, people are complex, and so is nature, so I find the imagery of nature an excellent device for communicating a variety of concepts that are common in human nature, like duality.

I make paper, sculpture, artist’s books, drawings, and prints, and I particularly love making objects that satisfy my interests in working both two- and three-dimensionally – to build an object as well as embellish its surface with text or image. My artist’s books tend to be more directly representational and the imagery is often inspired by the book’s narrative or vice versa. My sculptural work has evolved in the last couple of years and has become much less representational as I experiment with microscopic imagery, unit structures, and deconstructing and reconstructing patterns. Whatever the medium, my work is about exploration and investigation – my opportunity to get to the deeper meaning of things, to process my experiences, whether or not they are represented in the final piece.