Susan Hotchkis



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Rust-rose - Felt, Voile, Paper, Silk, Digitally printed SatinH 94cm x W 25cm x D 5 cm

Pool - Felt, Silk, Velvet, Scrim H 145cm X W 57cm X D10 cm

Kerb detail - Voile, Paper, Cotton Fabric H157cm x W43cm

Embrace - Felt, Voile, Paper, Silk, Cotton fabric H 162.5cm x W 51cm x D10 cm

Embrace Detail - Felt, Voile, Paper, Silk, Cotton fabric

Spill detail -Felt, Voile H126cm x W 55cm


I construct abstract pieces ‘fragments’ to highlight the beauty found in the processes of ageing and decay. The core theme of my work is colour, texture and surface, strongly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi. I'm interested in the relationship between the natural elements and the man-made, such as that resulting from erosion and human use. Nature has its own way of taking back reclaiming the artificial. It's the meeting of the two I find interesting. I seek out imperfection, in the insignificant and the overlooked, using a camera to record marks and surfaces that are in the process of breaking down, ephemeral, in a state of flux.

Working intuitively with print and stitch, marks, textures and colours are exaggerated, intensified to reveal the detail and complexity within the images. Materials are deconstructed using modern methods, ripped, burnt and dyed. Time is invested in their reconstruction; pieces can take several weeks to create. Whilst being aesthetically pleasing the work can also act as a metaphor for deterioration and ruin, associated with urban decay and ultimately death and loss. They evolve organically, built up with layers of print, cloth, paper, and stitch into three-dimensional abstract forms that hover between object and image; to create a unique, visual and tactile landscape of form and texture. Challenging traditional understandings of the division between the visible and the unseen.


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