September 15 2017 – Screenprints from the earth -> man -> machine series will be featured in the group show entitled ‘Playful Tangents’ at Open Studio’s Print Sales Gallery from Sept 15th until October 16, 2017. The show curated by Kelly Manikoth features work by artists who previously worked at Open Studio under the auspices of the Visiting Artist Residencies. Included are works by Endi Poskovic and Suzie Smith.
July 05 2017 – I have a large ceramic sculpture currently installed in a group show at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto (up until Sept 17 2017). The exhibition entitled ‘Dwell‘ is curated by Melanie Egan and Robyn Wilcox. It features the work of eight artists that examine the notion of dwelling “as both a physical and psychological concept and how that effects our relation to objects, space and the body”. I’m really pleased to be able to show this ceramic sculpture created specifically for the exhibition in Toronto over the summer.
The work entitled ‘Desiring Machine’ 2017 (a nod to the writings of Deleuze and Guattari) is part of an ongoing series of sculptures that take inspiration from mine sites. Through anthropomorphism and humour, these ceramic works depict the signs of human activity at the earth’s surface. Just as distant mining environments – with their scattered industrial structures – show only the evidence of human endeavor; likewise, these sculptures act as signs. Here, however, through the process of anthropomorphism, they take this a step further; enacting human gesture, establishing physical relationships, channeling sensory perception. Leaning toward each other with leg-like appendages or confronting one another via facial-like extensions; the human characteristics given to these built forms allow them to stand in for and inform the viewer about human experience.
Feb 23 2017 – Last fall I had the opportunity to work on a new screenprint with Daryl Vocat at Middlepath Prints in Toronto. Entitled ‘earth → man → machine‘, the print is now available for purchase through Middlepath Prints online and at their Toronto studio. It consists of an edition of 10 prints at 19″x15″ and 20 unique variations (each, a different combination of printed layers with 14 on Arches 88 paper, and 6 on black Stonehenge). The print is part of a recent series that contemplates the earth, geologic time and man’s place on this planet. By conflating the standard pictorial formats of landscape and portrait – anthropomorphism of geological strata and references to historical portraiture combine to create an absurd and ominous image.
Dec 22 2016 – I have a solo exhibition opening in the New Year (Jan 7, 2017) at Loop Gallery in Toronto. I’ll be showing some animated vignettes, paintings and a new screen print created at Middlepath Prints over the past fall. Check it out if you’re in TO.
December 31, 2016 – January 22, 2017 Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2-5 PM 1273 Dundas St. W. Toronto, ON M6J 1X8 Wed – Thurs 12-5 PM, Fri – Sat 12-6 PM, Sun 1-4 PM
July 12 2016 – Spending a lot of time in the studio lately. I’m working on a series of paintings, some larger ceramic sculptures and new animations. I regularly post studio photos, works in progress, and sketchbook images to Instagram. If you’re interested in following my studio practice you can find me at @suzannenacha.
Mar 30 2016 – Great to have my work featured on Art the Science blog – an interesting website devoted to the intersections between art and science. There’s also a QnA where I discuss my background in geology, the working method for my new series of paintings and the underlying reasons for my geo-image preoccupations.
image: ‘tethered’ (left) and ‘conveyor pair’ (right), ceramic sculpture, Loop Gallery 2016
Mar 21 2016 – I’ve always made sculpture alongside painting. Sometimes the two exist together (as if in conversation) and sometimes a painting will inspire the making of an object. Over the years I’ve experimented with additive sculpting, using plaster or wax to build form and even dabbled in some foundry projects, but I could never find a material that truly worked as an equivalent to my painting until I discovered clay.
For the past few years I’ve been learning as much as I can about ceramic sculpture and was happy to have finally exhibited some of these at Loop Gallery in Toronto this past January. The biggest help has been in taking classes with accomplished ceramicists whose background and studio work focus on sculpture. Lindsay Montgomery who teaches at the Gardiner Museum (and far beyond) has been an endless source of inspiration and knowledge; always offering a range of strategies for every project. Her work is based on painting and ceramics – extending to sculpture, installation and performance. It has been a great pleasure to make work as one of her students, alongside folks that range from absolute beginner to some of the most interesting emerging and established artists working in ceramics today.
Jan 6, 2016 – I’ll be showing my work alongside Gary Clement at Loop Gallery in Toronto for most of January. The paintings I’m showing are an interesting collision between sculpture, painting and my background in geology. Over the years I’ve often painted from models that I create in order to arrive at a simplification of space and form. It’s an effective world building exercise but one that allows the more abstract aspects of light and shadow to play an important narrative role. This respect for observation and attention to physical detail lends an authority to my work and allows it to have weight as a counter to its inherent humor.
image: Daryl Vocat making it all happen, Jun 2013
Mar 18 2014 – A few years back I had the opportunity to do a Visiting Artist Residency at Open Studio. During this residency I produced a series of screen-prints that had a significant impact on my approach to image making. Distilling my painted images through a process of creating coloured layers that are printed in different combinations (in an almost chance-like process) produced surprising results. Since my goal in creating an image has always been to capture the essence of it – this ability to see many versions of the same image at different levels of complexity has become a really important method for scrutinizing my work.
I enjoyed this process so much in fact that last year I worked on a new Custom Print at Open Studio in collaboration with Daryl Vocat. One of the prints that resulted from this recent project will be part of Open Studio’s 100 Prints on May 15th 2014. This event is Open Studio’s major annual fundraiser where ticket holders draw numbers to choose original print works donated by Canadian Artists. 100 prints is as much of a must for art collectors as Open Studio’s Visiting Artist Residency is for artists.