For Member of the Month
Tell us about yourself
"I studied drawing in school; and it’s at the root of everything I do. These days, I paint murals, sculpt, create fused glass art, and teach. I focus on narrative in my work and tell stories about whimsical yet dark environments. The animals and figures are often allegorical or symbolic of internal struggles within social and societal constructs."
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
"I have a BFA in drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art. I studied illustration for a few years before changing majors: and realizing how important tactility is to my practice. I found glass shortly after graduating and was drawn to how challenging and scientific the process can be."
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
"Studio art can be pretty isolating; so I’ve been leaning into public projects and murals as a way to engage with the people around me. Teaching serves a similar function: it feels good to be a part of something bigger than myself."
DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?
"I’m currently working on a large mosaic for a community center in Newark, NJ. The young girls at the center have been helping me with it all summer. I also have a couple upcoming murals in Ohio, where I grew up; and one in the Caribbean. This winter, I have a few glass collaborations I’d like to dive into."
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT MAKERSPACE?
"I've moved around a lot and have always sought out fab labs. I google searched for one when I moved to NY this past February and lucked out!"
WHERE TO FIND Suzanne:
For public art commissions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org