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Susan Lenz
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

As a visual artist using found objects for self-expression, I work in partnership with my materials, their purposes, values and familiar associations. I generally use a needle and thread to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in these discarded things. Meticulous hand embroidery and self-guided, free-motion stitching is my approach to themes of memory, universal mortality, and personal legacy. Because time is short and days are numbered, I work with hope that one little piece of my art might be kept through coming generations, cherished, admired, remembered, regarded for its quality, marking my existence on this planet. This is a race to the final day. I am drawn to textiles for their tactile qualities and often make work that is meant to touch and be touched.

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