ARTIST’S STATEMENT Susie K. Harrison
Connection is defined as the state of having something in common. All things in existence are not separate things or entities, but are part of an interconnected web of several dimensions. This perception has opened a fresh approach to explore and process new imagery.
A lifelong affinity with nature and a continual fascination for drawing the human figure prompted me to explore the commonalities between these two subjects. A recent series investigated the emotional and psychological body language of women coping with change and transformation. The current body of work is focused on the connections between the natural world and this state of transformation.
When observing ordinary transitions in the natural world, it quickly becomes apparent that everything has a purpose and is linked to something else. The non-resistant temperament of nature provides insight to evaluate humankind’s conflict with life passages. Personal experience and documentation of other’s stories serve as continual inspiration to create my art providing a visual voice to women.
I have been making art of some kind since I was very small. When I was growing up there was a sculpture of a magician on our piano and that image has stayed with me throughout the years. I finally used that image on a stoneware violin I created. My father played the violin and my mother played the piano. I was not musical so I expressed my creativity by drawing all over everything in the house.
For the last 20 years I have been creating works in clay, mostly figurative and a little surreal. Dreams and memories pop up in my work and often surprise me. It’s a lot of fun to see my fingers do things my brain hasn’t ordered. I love to draw and paint and am spending more and more time doing this on the sculptures with underglazes and encaustics. When I am working in clay I am in my bliss and time disappears. Exploring the possibilities and encountering the unexpected are what inspire me and keep me creating new pieces.
Bio- Pam was born in Michigan and raised in Louisiana to a magician father and a mother who modeled for a magic company, often “cut in two” or with her head cut off. These memories from her childhood have had a profound affect on her life and work. She was always in trouble in school for daydreaming and doodling, this was before anyone knew about attention deficit disorder.Pam was a member of the Torpedo Factory in Virginia where she worked and sold her art. She had a solo show at the Torpedo Factory and has shown locally in many group shows in Dallas and Fort Worth. Her paintings are in several public buildings and a large weaving hangs in a bank in downtown Fort Worth. Stern has worked as an illustrator and uses these graphic skills in her ceramic sculpture. She has studied at Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County College where she studied ceramics with Karmien Bowman. Her interest has been figurative with emphasis on women, mystery and magic and their connection to the natural world. Her work requires close scrutiny because there are many small surprises and hidden images.