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’s recent work makes use of her drawings of people gathering to meet and discuss the issues of the day. This activity demands very fast sketches as people walk together chatting and enjoying their companionship, a particular interest is their relationships one to another. Identity and the passage of time are recurrent interests and she is influenced by a wide variety of artists, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Rozanne Hawksley, Dorothy Caldwell, as well as Dylan Thomas and Sir John Betjeman.
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