Beyond the Bio: Suzanne Wyss

Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.

Name: Suzanne Wyss

Primary Medium: Installation Art

What motivates your work?

I have been thinking a lot about how we mistreat our environment and all the other living things within it. Humans are the most important no matter what and in that way we are specist. Things once thriving are now sad and struggling or adapting to new ways because of the effect we’ve had on them. Though it’s easy to believe we are in control, or that we can fix what we’ve done, it’s all an illusion.

Why Installation Art?

I specifically use industrial materials to grow organic forms. This allows me to be the natural force upon the materials I choose to work with. I aim to create a visual language of movement and growth through ordinary materials used in repetition.

How long have you been an artist and how has your practice changed over time?

I turned my attention to art 14 years ago. When I first started every new tool was an inspiration. Now that I have a wide vocabulary of materials and tools, I can get closer and closer to creating the things in my mind. I have been focused on natural growths for about 8 years now. Each growth comes from a different place or emotion, and the large installations often symbolize a time in my life where I cannot make sense of something and need to physically be within it to understand. This is surprisingly effective.

What are you working on right now?

I find myself venturing even further into human culture to extract a human-made nature that parallels what we consider to be organic. Yellow is taking over. It’s thick and rich and happy and gross and I want to put it on everything.

What does the Austin arts community need most as the city continues to grow?

A place to make noisy messes.

 


Suzanne Wyss grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, traveling to the University of MN Duluth for her BFA in 2009 and then on to Indiana University Bloomington for her MFA in Sculpture in 2013. Her installation, sculpture and performance work has been shown throughout the Midwest and as far away as Osaka, Japan. She is currently working on growing her art and her art-life in sunny ATX.

Keep up with Suzanne on her website and Instagram.

Beyond the Bio is curated by Art Alliance Austin. If you’re interested in being featured email Ashlee at apryor@artallianceaustin.org.