Suzanne Pugh

Biography:

Born in Atlanta Georgia in 1972, Suzanne began her metals and jewelry education in high school, continued at The University of Georgia, and at Kansas State University achieved an MFA which she uses daily, expounding metal and metal related ideas in a collegiate setting in San Francisco, California. Suzanne is interested in material, metaphor, line, contrast, and narrative in her work.

Artist's statement:

Line drawings, sheet metal workers' patterns, topographical maps, and blueprints; two dimensional renderings inform my current jewelry practice. I generate a variety of forms by scoring and bending flat sheet, or cutting through the sheet to reveal new edges and distinct intersections. In this investigation, steel, gold, sterling silver, and copper are combined in different ways to create new forms and patterns. This work has a relationship with architecture, sculpture, and industry, and addresses more formal aspects of design and function. I use jewelry making as a method of study, or meditation; focusing on texture, contrast, line, and mass allows me to expand my relationship with design.

Conversely, the focus of my current sculptural metalwork is much more narrative, relaying universal human experiences, emotions, or ideas through metaphorical objects. These objects allow me and my audience to consider an idea, to wrestle with unresolved problems, and to understand desires by unraveling the layers of meaning attached to each metaphor. Narrative has always held an important place in my work as it allows me to investigate content, form, and their relationship to each other, while delivering a message I find important enough to iterate.

You can see more of Suzanne's work on her website suzannepugh.org