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Susie Turner

Winter collection 2018/19

The idea that art and life are closely entwined is most inspiring and one of my aspirations as an artist is not to create something new but to recreate something that already exists.

Much of my work is inspired by the natural world and elements connected with life, movement and change. I am particularly interested in the impermanence of natural processes and the idea that nothing is static or fixed in time – everything is in continual and relative motion. This has led me to explore ways of depicting or capturing the movement of time through the use of transient material and natural phenomena. Both offer the potential for change and an exchange between prediction and chance.

The local landscape is a constant source of visual ideas and I often work directly with objects ‘found’ and ‘made’ that change state over time or bear visual reminders of past activity. The intention is to make visible the invisible revealing internal structures and patterns of growth and decay. Printmaking with light sensitive plates and photogenic drawing, as methods of making, allow me direct engagement with nature and accuracy in capturing detail.

Recent work is informed by the creative approaches and methodologies of both art and science. In particular, how collaborations between contemporary art practice, and the physical and biological worlds provide a means of realizing intangible things and makes unseen worlds visible. The fusion of art, science and technology can invite new insight and a greater understanding of what is inside us and around us.

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