Artist Statement

Artist Statement


Susan’s work explores a view of being British as seen through tour
ist mementoes and souvenirs. Scouring the second hand shops of resorts and car boot fairs for her materials, the kitchen crockery, novelty mugs, ashtrays, plates and badges
that she finds are combined with more traditional mosaic tesserae to create quirkily beautiful pieces that are usually based on the Union Flag.

“My studio is an archive of the nation’s mantelpieces and an affectionate collection of the kitsch and the idiosyncratic within which I think there is an inherent beauty. These objects, once bought as a reminder of good times, offer the stereotypical view that speaks of inbuilt home truths.”

Although Susan’s work deals with clichés, she manages to combine both humour a
nd poignancy in the way that deconstructs who we think we are and what we actually portray to the rest of the world.

People will often spend a long time looking at a piece of my work, discovering familiar objects which come with their own associations and finding new connections and meanings. I like to take the familiar and place it into a new context by association with other objects or
Statements. Susan’s work holds up a mirror to a nation with a proud history, an absurd sense of self ridicule and self grandiosity and a never ending attachment to Carry On
sense of humour. Her work is both iconic in itself as well as subtly teasing in its
sympathetic irreverence.