Susan Wood is a returning artist from Scotland, who previously joined us in March 2017. She began painting in 2002, and completed an MA in Glass at the University of Sunderland, with work revolving around the sea and shore. These themes have shown strong influence in her work here at the fish factory, along with an interest in the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ which dates back to the Renaissance but has been interpreted differently over time. Two particular interpretations which have inspired Susan, have been Joseph Cornell’s boxes of curious objects, and Kurt Schwitters, who also compiled objects of interest.
The 5 Chinese elements offered similar inspiration for Susan’s work here in July, and she responded to the categories of wood, fire, earth, metal & water.
Susan Wood // Cabinet of Curiosities
Back in March, Susan worked with seaweed and the kelp that had washed up along the shore. She hoped to continue this work in July, to create a weaving. When she arrived, she found that the Kelp had changed dramatically over the months, now providing a harsher and rougher material, offering new perspective to her weaving; showing the opportunity in the ageing process.
Susan Wood // Kelp Weaving
//More of Susan’s artwork//
Check out the interview about her stay here:
Thank you, Susan!