ABOUT THE ARTIST
Suzanne Kane’s eccentric hybrid forms serve to express her worldview. They are multifaceted, multilayered in both imagery and technique. This mirrors Suzanne’s perception that life itself is never simple, but contains subtle layers of meaning and understanding.
Using metaphors in these mixed clay & metal sculptures, Suzanne attempts to infuse each piece with humanity “.using objects to stand in for thought, feeling, memory, imagination, compulsion or obsession”.
Suzanne has explored many creative paths in her journey as an artist. As child she loved working with clay. In college she explored metals. Later, after having taught art to children for many years, Suzanne returned to the clay she loved as a child, combining it with the metal she knows so well. Having started her adult career exclusively in metal, she was drawn to the addition of clay in her work because of its accessibility and the generosity with which it moves and can relate a form.
In 2005, Suzanne published her first article on ceramics in an Australian magazine, “Ceramics Technical.” The piece was titled “The Cultivated Ceramics of Amanda Jaffe.”
ABOUT THE WORK
Using both low-fire clay and welded steel, Suzanne uses multiple firings to obtain the texture and depth, which are of paramount importance to her aesthetic. Each piece may be fired as many as 8 times using combinations of colorants, under-glazes and glazes in layer upon layer. Although typically metal is added in the form of welded steel, fine metals such as bronze, brass and gold are added when the form demands them
Kane often uses fruit in her works. Apples, pomegranates, lemons and especially pears have a special place in her heart. Each pear is slip cast, and hand painted. The stems are real, collected and saved for her by friends.
SELECTED EXHIBTIONS & AWARDS
Award, International Orton Cone Box Show , Baker University, Baldwin City, KS
Award, AFeats of Clay 2006@, Lincoln, CA
“Originals 2005,” juried exhibition of New Mexico women artists, Museum of Fine Arts,Santa Fe, NM
“SO Q,” group invitational, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
“Between the Spaces,” two person show, The Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, Las Cruces, NM
“International Orton Cone Box Show,” Baker University, Baldwin City, KS
“Made of Clay,” Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM