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SUZANNE HERBERT-FORTON

SUZANNE HERBERT-FORTON

Artist Work

Ive Got the World on a String
2005
hand embroidery in wood case embellished with paint, beads, ceramic
16"h x 26"w x 4"d
Black and White-detail
2009
detail of hand embroidery
3" x 2"
Black and White
2009
hand embroidery in mosaic frame made from found objects and hand built ceramic components
26"h x 21"w x 3"d
Emerald City
2009
hand embroidery in circuit board frame
27"h x 24.5"w x 3"d
Articles of Faith-open
2005
hand embroidery,found objects in tins in wooden case
16"h x 22"w x 1.5"d
Dolls and Dishes
2005
hand embroidery in mosaic frame made from found objects and hand built ceramic components
23"h x 18"w x 2"d

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Phone
410-747-1706
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

I blame it on my parents. It is their fault that I am interested in so many things. Mom taught me to sew as soon as I could thread a needle. From my dad I learned that you can never have too many tools. They both have a talent for taking old things and giving them new purpose. It’s their fault. They read Dr. Suess aloud. Mom made up stories. They encouraged me to imagine, to learn and not to be afraid to be different. When we visited our grandparents, they took me to the Russian Orthodox church that my father grew up in. The church with the ceiling painted like the sky, with stars and angels. The place where I saw my first icons. Where there was wonder and beauty in the midst of so much coal dust. So here I am; embroidering warped illuminations and icons by hand in the 21st century. Using clay to construct architecturally inspired frames that owe as much to the dear Dr. Suess as to art history. Collecting bits of flotsam and jetsam and making frames out of the stuff. Recycling both stories and objects for our crazy times. Attempting to make sense from nonsense. Listening to my Russian grandmother whispering in my ear...

Artist Bio

Education: McDaniel College, formerly Western Maryland College (BA, Fine Arts, 1983). Exhibitions: 2009 Montpelier Arts Center, solo exhibition, Laurel, MD University of Maryland, Arts Program Gallery, Colllege Park, MD 2008 Carroll Arts Center, “Small Wonders”, Westminster, MD Stevenson University Gallery, “Subjective Sensibilities”, Stevenson, MD "The Domestic Goddess" (solo), Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD (2003); "9-11: Artists Respond," American Craft Museum, New York, NY (2002); "Fish Out of Water," Baltimore, MD (2001); "Fabric," Clinical Center Galleries, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (2000); "Short Stories," Mill River Gallery, Ellicott City, MD (1999); "Medieval Tourist" (solo), Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, MD (1998); "The Cutting Edge," Baltimore Life Gallery, Baltimore, MD (1998). Juried Craft Shows: 2001-02 Washington Craft Show, Washington, DC; 2001-02 Westchester Craft Show, White Plains, NY; 2001-03 American Craft Council, Atlanta, GA; 2000-03 American Craft Council, Baltimore, MD; 2000, 2002 American Craft Council, Charlotte, NC; 2000, 2001 Danforth Craft Festival, Marlboro, MA; 1999 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA; 1998 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA.