Suzanne comes to the art world with a background as a child abuse investigative officer. She believes in the power of art to shine light on society's darkest moments, to document the forgotten, and to find humanity in the most cruel situations. The complex format of book arts allows Suzanne to engage the viewer through a variety of senses, and on multiple cognitive levels.
"Are artists' books really art? I've never heard of artists' books, what are they?" Yes, I get these questions often, and it is easy to give a brief history of books in Asian, African, and European societies. However, I think a more effective explanation can be given by comparing book art to the musical art of opera. Both art forms require multiple modalities. With opera, the libretto, the music, the costumes, the stage set, the acting do not exist in isolation; it is the combination of all of them that achieves a single effect, creates the artistic experience. With book arts, it is the poetry, the paintings, the colors, the fabric manipulations, the binding - all of these combine into a single experience. Book arts engages all of the senses (sight, touch, smell, sound). However, unlike opera, book arts is inherently interactive: The reader interacts with the form and with the content. Books unfold slowly; they exist in four dimensions. The reader can experience a progression of emotion/reaction that would be flattened if viewed all at once.
Suzanne has a master of humanities degree with concentrations in classical literature and philosophy. An independent artist, Suzanne's studio is in Baltimore County.