I create collaged sculptures that provoke a natural tactile curiosity. A colorful line follows the curve of a ceramic arc to create a mark which is both two and three dimensional. Soft bulges entice the viewer to touch, yet their hard, shiny forms are actually cast plaster. The viewer's first impression of a satisfying composition turns to uncertainty and delight.
I draw inspiration from my humble materials; plaster, paper, clay, paint, reflective mylar, and scraps from the studio. To begin, I paint, tear, and transform these materials into sculptural elements. Then I arrange these building blocks into improvised compositions. As I audition components over time, a sculptural collage emerges. I look for contrasting textures and colors to play against each other in a kind of dance.
I stop when I find a surprise, whether it's in a pop of color or an ambiguous material. I've finished a piece when it feels like I've captured a casual snapshot of a dynamic tension.
Susan Dwyer received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Chicago and works out of her West Loop studio.