Suze’s Art Doings, March 2020

I am truly excited about Gathered from the field: Art provoked by climate research opening March 9 at the University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Art Gallery. Together with Anna McKee’s WAIS reliquary installation and other works, 30 of my bark beetle books will be on display there until April 18. There is a reception and “Art + Sci” salon March 26 at 4:30 pm, including my collaborators Dr. Diana Six of the University of Montana and poet Melinda Mueller. Afterwards, join us at one of the “Night Out” tours of UPS’ Slater Museum of Natural History.

Vol 30 half open detail 2 (1024x665)

Bark Beetle Book Volume XXX: Species Distribution.
Artist Book 3.5 in. diameter x 32.5 in. long closed, 3.5″ diameter x 19 feet open. Douglas fir branch, laser-cut wood, laser-print transfers, viscose and silk, Kevlar thread, wood beads. [The almost-tree-long book features galleries of the beetle species that chew on Douglas firs.]

It’s my pleasure to report that Goodell Creek Cedar, the 41st of my portraits of individual burned trees, won the People’s Choice award at Kirkland Art Center’s recent Threshold exhibit. The award is in the form of a future exhibit; and I am plotting something humongous!

Goodell Creek Cedar (1024x868)Goodell Creek Cedar
Varnished watercolor on torn paper, 52 in. high x 44 in. wide.
[The Goodell Creek fire shut down transmission from Ross Dam in 2015. I am fascinated by how cedars seem to both rot and burn from the inside out.]

CoCA’s annual juried members’ exhibit, 20/20 Visions, opens March 5, during the Pioneer Square Art Walk. As in other years, I’m honored to be selected for the smaller gallery show. Come vote for your favorite!

Dendritic Rhyolite with Case (757x1024)

Dendritic Rhyolite
Artist Book and Case, 4.5 in. x 7.25 in. x 2.875 in. Stone, laser-cut and laser-etched mat board, modified Coptic-binding with linen thread. [The shapes of the rock covers, as well as the iron stains on them, are interpolated from front to back through the book.]

I’m also pleased to report I will be teaching a watercolor landscape workshop, not only at Gage Academy June 13-14 in Seattle as is typical for me, but on a 5-day 4-night May river trip on the San Juan for Great Old Broads for Wilderness. The trip is full; I’m looking forward to spring time on the water in canyon country.

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Deep Time (sold)
Watercolor on paper 30 in. x 22 in.
[The Great Unconformity, 1.2-1.6 million missing years, is at the lower left of the painting.]

That’s all for now. I hope we can stay calm and productive in times of such tremendous stress and upheaval. I know that art can be both a goad and a balm.

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