Meet Factory Mark Gallery’s New Artist: Susan Bazett
CommCreative is excited to announce Factory Mark Gallery’s newest featured artist, Susan Bazett. Susan is an abstract painter and will be showcasing more than 50 pieces of art at her Factory Mark exhibit. Here are five fast facts about her:
- Her art is inspired by her childhood in England
Growing up in Kent, also known as “The Garden of England,” made an enormous impression on Susan. Her memories of the landscapes and colors are portrayed throughout her paintings. From the orchards to the English farmlands, many of the color schemes represented in her art are drawn from her childhood experiences. Gray hues are a prominent thread in her work.
- She is a world traveler
At the age of 21, Susan left England on her own to explore the World and immerse herself in different cultures. The experience of being alone and absorbing other cultures around the globe affected Susan and inspired her to push her boundaries as an artist. She believes that as an artist, learning how to be alone for long periods of time is extremely important as you need to learn to be alone with the canvas. According to Susan, “Art is your journey into yourself, finding out who you are and interviewing yourself.”
- Poetry is where she got her start
Susan was initially a poet and has worked her way through all of the arts. She is a writer by trade and wrote 72 letters to her mother while traveling in her 20’s, which she hopes to write a book about one day. After becoming a published poet, Susan moved on to woodworking which lead to ceramics, works on paper, and then painting. While she has dabbled in many types of art through the years, Susan says her favorite mediums to work with are oil painting and pencil drawing.
- The number two is a constant theme of her work
Recently, Susan has become interested in creating diptych artwork and paintings. The number two is an important theme in Susan’s life: being married, having twins (as well as two other kids), loving both England and America. Many of her own personal experiences represent symbolic balance, equalization, and duality. Unlike a single canvas, diptychs allow each canvas to talk to the other, enabling Susan to simply become a passive observer to her art.
- A piece of advice
“When you are younger, you think you’ve finished a piece, but you must keep going. Don’t be scared to mess it up, just keep painting until it screams STOP at you. You may think that as the artist, you decide when a piece of art is done, but the painting is the one who ultimately decides. Also, keep your ego out of it. As one of my greatest teachers, John Murray, once told me: Let the materials teach you!”
To learn more about the Factory Mark Gallery, visit www.factorymarkgallery.com.