Suzanne Nacha

Visual Artist

Built to Play

Sep 01 2018 – An exhibition featuring recent prints and video (alongside work by four other Canadian artists) opens September 11th at FCP Gallery. Built to Play is curated by Kelly McCray and features work that “employs built-form imagery to convey interior recesses of the mind”.

August 27 – September 28, 2018

 

 

Fogo Island Geology

August 31 2018 – Just back from a month long residency on Fogo Island hosted by the Shorefast Foundation. The Geology at the Edge residency provides a unique opportunity to study the rocks of Fogo Island and lead regular geological hikes through its spectacular landscape. During my month long tenure I had many conversations with residents and island visitors about the local geology and larger geological concepts. Much of my time was spent thinking of ways to present these ideas to the public who were always keen to know more. Back in Toronto, I’m presently working on a series of postcards that use earth-models as visual tools to convey these concepts. I’ll have more on this project as it nears completion but I’m currently enjoying the challenge of artistic interpretation within the boundaries of technical accuracy; where strict use of colour for example, can articulate lithological meaning or reference geologic time.

 

Boulder Kites

June 11 2018 – Come build a boulder kite this Saturday at the Shoal Bay Geology Centre on Fogo Island.  All are welcome to attend this workshop hosted by myself (geologist-in-residence at Geology at the Edge) in partnership with Meghan Price (current Museum of the Flat Earth artist-in-residence). We’ll be learning about glaciology, using rock surfaces as drawing materials, turning rock drawings into kites and ultimately – seeing if our boulders will fly!

Workshop / Event: 1pm to 5pm, Saturday, June 16th, Geology Centre, Shoal Bay, Fogo Island

Pictured above is Maggie Whelan – Geologist at the Edge summer student and McGill University geologist in training.

 

Geology at the Edge

Mar 8 2018 – Heading to Fogo Island, Newfoundland at the end of May for a month long geology residency hosted by Geology at the Edge. I’ll be leading geological hikes, engaging in discussions that cross boundaries between art and geology, and working on some art projects along the way. Meet me there if you want to walk and talk – art and rocks.

 

Pictures at an Exhibition

Dec 10, 2017 – If you’re on the West Coast over the holidays; I have a series of paintings included in a group show at the Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver.

Pictures at an Exhibition runs from Dec 7th to Jan 27th. The show Features new paintings, drawings and mixed media works by gallery and guest artists.

2239 Granville St, Vancouver, BC Canada Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm

 

 

Playful Tangents

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.

Dwell

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.

earth → man → machine

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.

Interior Geometry

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