Sculpture Work


Susan Ryles

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Artist's Statement

We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity.
We are pain and what cures pain.
We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.

As suggested in Rumi's poem, my interests lie in life's dichotomies. I enjoy the aesthetic play of contrasting extremes or opposites and the contrast of concept or object and materials is a favorite theme in my three dimensional work. I am also interested in exploring the psychology of the self, my own aging process, gender roles and expectations, as well as the social psychology of politics and religion.

My recent work, constructs feminine or domestic objects from unlikely and often distinctly masculine materials. Use of well known iconography and archetypal symbology address some fundamental relationships, roles, expectations and power structures that exist for women. This work investigates the dichotomies, paradoxes and incongruities of being female. It investigates a familiar subject matter within the contemporary context of the 21st century.

I am interested in communicating the contradictions we all carry within. We are the questions and the answers.

Clay Work