I am showing a selection of my most recent work, namely resin pendants with reactive paints and alcohol inks, miniature felt landscapes, and alcohol inks on tiles (mainly landscapes)
Watch a video of the creation of an alcohol ink landscape here: https://artizann.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Alcohol%20inks%20Feb20...
Susanne's creative output is defined by a fascination with abstract depictions of nature - water, marble, landscapes, plants... She is particularly interested in working with materials (wool, alcohol ink, reactive paint, acrylics mixed with oils or resin) that can sometimes be unpredictable and seemingly have their own will, creating an impression of freedom and randomness. Materials used in this 'fluid art' context seem to work best when one recognises when to stop, at which point to leave them alone and respect the direction they want to take. Some time ago, Susanne was a full-time internationally-touring musician for a couple of decades, and her approach to music making was very similar: her top priority and prime driver for making music has always been to have the luxury of freedom to let the interpretation of the same piece be different each time, depending on various subtle factors at play at that very moment: the mood of the musician, the enthusiasm of the audience, the acoustics, other musicians around her.. The thrill lies in having the skills and wisdom to let music (or art) do what it needs to do at the point of creation, feel that moment, and go with what that moment needs. Only then will what is presented to the audience feel truly genuine and have integrity, giving the listener (or beholder) the opportunity to experience the beauty and peace they ventured out to find.
The musical era Susanne was specialising in spans from the late sixteenth to mid-eighteenth centuries, broadly capturing Renaissance and Baroque Music. Nowadays we understand 'baroque' as something overly ornate or we are reminded of paintings of curvaceous female bodies, but the origin of the word is the Portuguese 'barocco' which refers to an irregularly-shaped pearl, each one being different and unique. In recreating works of this musical period it is highly undesirable to play two notes following each other in the exact same way. A piece only sounds natural and makes sense if each note is different from the previous one, and underlying any interpretation that sounds fresh and spontaneous should be a carefully-planned map and a plentiful toolbox of skills that leave enough freedom to create that impression of effortlessness.
Susanne has been living in Oxford for 28 years and has only a few years ago begun to channel her creative energy into non-musical art. Between her performing career and this new venture she has brought up two delightful children and has been (and is) working as an Administrator for charities and in higher education.