Susan Hotchkis

I am an artist with a passion for texture, surface and space, creating unique printed and stitched abstract pieces.
My surrounding environment has always influenced me the most; I’m drawn to the insignificant and overlooked. I take photographs all the time, especially when travelling. As in the Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi, I treasure the imperfections found in the natural changes that occur in such things as weathered wood, crumbling plaster and peeling paint. My aim is to create fragment like pieces that realise these aesthetic qualities. I want the viewer to appreciate the beauty found in the inherent processes of ageing, and decay. To feel that the work is in a state of flux, its fragile transient beauty captured for a moment before it degrades further. The works’ origin is ambiguous.
Initially I study the photographs that I’ve taken of a specific place or object. Then I work with its qualities, colour, form, texture and composition, so depending on these and the place my influences vary and change also.
The artwork evolves over time and can take anything from a week to several months. I work intuitively responding to what develops, the work is often pieced together with parts being added and removed until I'm happy with it. I use many processes.
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