So much has been said about the body. There is still more to say. Our body houses us, and it contains our inner life. Our thoughts and desires are our own until we voice them to others. It is the visible object we project on the world and it defines us by gender, race and age.
Through my work I explore forms in and of the body. I am fascinated by its bulbous shapes, layers of sinew and skin, undulating folds, knobby joints and the constant hum of discharged thought and bodily secretions. It is both sensual and ghastly. It brings us pleasure and pain. From birth to death, we are captive to the human form we call our body.
I bind, stitch, layer and sculpt using found objects and a variety of materials including; cloth, paper, thread, resin and wax. Through physical process and the repetitive nature of my work, I thrive and give voice to the body.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
American artist Suzanna Scott renders sculptural work from a plethora of materials and objects that examine intersections of existence within the human body. She simultaneously seduces and repulses the viewer using excessive hand stitching, skin-like surfaces, and variations of the color pink. In addressing issues in/of the body, her work draws attention towards many social struggles surrounding equality and bodily autonomy. She often plays a visual sleight-of-hand, giving the viewer a double-take, as seen in Coin Cunts (2015 to present), where inverted coin purses are stitched up to resemble vulvae. Speaking about her work, Suzanna says: “I seek a future where all humans inhabit their own envelope of flesh free from the repressions of (an)others’ beliefs or judgement. I want to find visual ways to open minds towards this possibility.” Scott’s work has been exhibited across the United States from Los Angeles to New York and internationally from Chile to Malta. She lives and works from her home studio in Ruston, Louisiana.
© Suzanna Scott