Susan Stacks

My work’s focus lies in pacifying the boundary between objective physical truths and emotional perception. Frequently this means confronting or coping with illness, loss and the search for meaningful action.

The physical work makes use of repeated, patterned and simple marks. Contained in each piece is a meditation on the nature of labor and perception of time. Meaning is folded into the repeated gestures that make up the whole form.

Pieces read as maps, microorganisms, stitching and pattern. What they are is more akin to an exoskeleton. The images provide clues to the departed spirit of each piece. The lines and dots are data which can only be translated through sensitivity towards the nature of each form’s growth. They call for submissive observation, over time revealing each form’s history.

There are rules that determine how different forms grow and interact. Forms develop their personalities through interaction, and sometimes defy their constraints. A completed drawing is a snapshot of this interaction. Each is a static moment that is necessary to observe their rules, but inherently ignorant of scope beyond its borders and the unseen forces at play.

My current work introduces a special kind of imbalance: What happens in the observable space of a drawing when its natural predators are extinct?