Artist Bio

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Susanna Reay's story
Powertex sculptures by Susanna Reay
 
“The joy of creativity has been with me from the first moment I picked up crayons. There are so many ways to express myself through colour, texture and form… it’s a love affair that has never ended. I have tried every art style that has come my way and I continue to experiment daily. ” Susanna Reay

 

Artist Biography:

Susanna is best known for her 3D abstract flower sculptures, made from recycled textiles and found objects. The final pieces are weatherproof and light weight, bringing colour and interest to your garden year round. 

Travel and movement have been a large part of Susanna’s life and many pieces reflect places she has visited. As an artist, Susanna pulls on her inner creative powers to let pieces grow organically as she reacts and listens to the mediums she has within her hands.  Often Susanna will not know the outcome of a piece until it has been created.

Susanna started her career as a textile designer and in recent years has moved into sculptural and mixed media art for the home and garden. Susanna has worked and exhibited internationally, and now resides in South Oxfordshire, England.

Interview with Susanna

January 2017

What is happening with your art these days?
I am currently going through an experimental period, exploring several new mediums to create textural 3D pieces, using mainly recycled textiles and found objects.
 
What art movement or artists would you say influence your work the most? 
Klee, Klimt, Hunderwasser are my favourites from the Expressionist era, and the wild colours of the Fauvists working in the South of France have always resonated with me. I had the opportunity to live in the South of France for 3 years before returning to England and the light and scenery inspired me daily. It was a true feast for the eyes, and I connected more with these artists who spent time on the Mediterranean coast.
 
I love the kinetic sculptures by both Calder and Tinguely. Living in Basel, Switzerland gave me the gift of watching the wonderful water fountains by Tinguely installed by the theatre, especially beautiful when the ice came and every year the fountains would freeze in a different way. 
 
Where do you think your creativity comes from? 
I have travelled extensively and lived in many places. The light and scenery in every place lights up an inner fire within me. Curiosity to keep discovering and seeing the world in new ways spurs me on to notice the smallest miracles that nature places before us. My photography inspires many of my fine art pieces.
 
What are you working on currently that excites you? 
I am really enjoying creating large fabric based sculptures of abstract flowers that can decorate a garden year round.
 
I am also actively seeking connections into companies who would like to bring more creativity into the workplace. I run team building creative workshops focusing on the power of the creative process. These days result in a sculptural artwork that can adorn a communal area, either inside or outside of the building to remind those who took part in the day about the processes they learnt.

 

“Creativity For Life” is my mantra.

Research studies consistently show that regular involvement with creative activities helps you live a longer and happier life. I believe everyone is creative and needs to continue on their own creative journey throughout their life.