Bathing in a Winter Forest

Opening Reception Oct 8th, 5-7pm

Suzy Vance

When we are born we are free…joyous in spirit…filled with wonder and eagerness. With no preconceived notions of thoughts about how we should be or what we should or should not do, we explore everything around us, seeing, looking, watching, feeling, tasting, smelling. Then something happens. In one way or another we are told “No.” We are told, “Don’t do that. Stop that. That’s not a good idea…,.”and we pull back. We become more reserved. We are taught to “think” before we step out. We take less risks. We explore less. We get comfortable in
our daily routines.

What if it could be different? What would it take? How would it be if we just said “Yes,” for 10 seconds, and then ten seconds later chose again…the same or something different? For many years I worked tirelessly to “change the world” or “make the world a better place.” You know…helping people get along with themselves and each other in families or at work.

Today I find I am ”coming home”…to myself…here…now…as I was as a child. I’ve given myself permission not to “fix” me or others. In choosing to live moment to moment, I find myself more curious about everything around me once again. I am fascinated by the animals inhabiting this Earth, including people and all their creative capacities and expressions, I relish the exploration of what animals and the rest of our natural environment (the trees, flowers, birds and bees…) contribute to us, and how our physical surroundings, including the spaces we live in, nurture our lives, imagination, growth, and being.

My “home” is the Earth. It’s the rock on which we create. I’m fascinated by how the Earth continuously fills me with wonder, joy, and possibility…especially the animals and the fiber they provide. The actual process of working with fiber is my way of going home and embracing my journey from beginning to end.

Meet the Artist

Learn more about Suzy Vance’s work and get a preview of what you can expect this October as she joins Joseph Markovich for a conversation.