Susan Chapman http://www.susanchapman.com
Susan works with textiles, she feels that the selecting, printing and dyeing, and stitching of fabrics help her to communicate her feeling, concern and observation of modern society. Textiles are significant throughout our lives, from the moment of birth to the moment of death, fabrics are used to cover and protect us. It feels natural to use the very fabric that is so integrated into all aspects of our lives. Susan works on large scale printed, painted and stitched textile pieces. She is a people watcher, she observes the relationship between people going about their daily lives, and uses her fast sketches from life to create her pieces.
Susan is becoming more concerned about our impact on our environment and current work is a close observation of her own village and the people involved in her community, as well as its landscape, landlines, and colours. Identity and the passage of time are recurring interests and she is influenced by a wide variety of artists, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Jeremy Gardiner, Andy Goldsworthy as well as Dylan Thomas and Sir John Betjeman. Alongside this, she is developing a body of work concerned with ‘Family Ties’ which she hopes to exhibit during 2019
She has exhibited nationally and internationally throughout Europe and the USA. Most recently she has had a solo show in Maastricht, Holland, where she was also a juror for the festival competitions… and next is a solo show in Glasgow, Scotland