My work, both sculpture and architecture is rooted in the traditions of New England; in the craft, informed by local context, weather and history - recognizable and familiar through their form and proportion, but subtly distinguished by the use of modern and common or ‘pedestrian’ materials in new and pleasing ways.
My work strives for simple, elegant forms offering a heightened sense of space and light. Ideas are developed through an understanding of context, image, and technical issues of making, resulting in forms which have an affinity for their place - seeming to have always been there. Often these elemental forms have their precedents in nature, but because they are man-made they generate their own special qualities of space.
I am interested in the ways of making, of the qualities imparted by the process and the tools, by the importance of the tool-marks and their meaning. I am interested in contrasts; of light and dark, of heavy and light, of smooth and rough, of one and many - objects and architecture that represent different things simultaneously or which can be understood on different levels. I am interested in the spaces between – whether they are the resultant spaces of a community of rooms or buildings or objects.
The primary difference between my sculpture and architecture lies in the predetermined function that each architectural space carries from the onset. Whereas my sculpture can be free to express an idea independent of a programmatic ‘need’. Ultimately however, ideas studied separately as building or object become interchangeable with the other through the manipulation of their scale.
For additional information, contact: Susan Classen-Sullivan