Susan Vera Clarke

Artist Statement

After completing her BA and MA in Contemporary Fine Art Practice at Falmouth University, Susan moved towards London in search of new creative opportunities.

Since then, she has worked with a number of printmaking studios including; Typoretum, Bainbridge Studios and more recently East London Printmakers where she currently works as the studio manager and workshops coordinator.

Noticeably, Susan’s work centres around exploring the dynamic mass of water that exists as our oceans. Teaming with life and for ever changing with the seasons, our waters provide us with a wealth of stimulus and thought provoking content. Up until now, her work has primarily focused on the aesthetic elements of this aquatic environment. However, in this modern age of shared information we are becoming more and more aware of the dramatic impact our 21st century lives are having on our Oceans and the most apparent of these is plastic pollution.

2018 will see Susan begin a research project on the Microorganisms that live within our oceans, namely micro-animals, fungi, algae and bacterias. What are the effects of plastic pollution on these single and multi-celled organisms? How might they be adapting or deteriorating? And, what might the knock on effects of these microscopic changes be to our marine life as a whole?

This project is not only for my own personal curiosity, but comes from a desire to create a body of work that may just make people look and understand a little more about how we as human beings may be capable of changing the course of plastic pollution.

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