Herein lies the fodder for my work: the inherent value in making something by hand, a love of nature, and a genuine interest in human motivations and relationships. I particularly love making objects that satisfy my interest in working both two- and three-dimensionally – to build an object as well as embellish its surface with text or image. I am deeply influenced by my experiences growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia surrounded by a family of makers. I often draw from plants native to that region and other forms found in nature – in this case Trout – as metaphors for relational concepts. My dad is an avid Trout fisherman, a process through which he has found a lot of peace over the years. Though he used to catch his legal limit on each fishing trip, he is now a catch and release fisherman. I am interested in the duality inherent in the image of fish caught on a line – nourishment or death?
Letterpress printed handmade abaca and cotton paper, fishing tackle
Suzanne Sawyer holds an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama, a BFA in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and works as a Book and Paper Conservation Technician in Emory University Library’s Preservation Lab. She is proprietor of Down Home Girl Studio and works in a variety of media areas including sculpture, handmade paper, books, drawings, letterpress printing, and printmaking. Suzanne teaches classes and workshops at various organizations in the Atlanta area including the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Paper Trail Art Center, and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Her artist’s books are in numerous collections including Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Baylor University, UC Berkeley, Indiana University, Scripps College, and New York Public Library.