ARTIST SUZANNE STAAL
Our rich reservoir of gestural utterances makes the human form a fascinating and expressive vehicle for a vast range of emotions which I have been interested in exploring in my sculptural work.
Brett Whiteley's richly expressive line work is an influence in my work as is the purity and simplicity of form that belongs to Brancusi's work of the 1920’s.
In the past I have explored a variety of mediums including bronze, ceramic, fiberglass, ciment fondu and wood carving. In various projects I have incorporated my continuing interest in sound, video and digital image.
My current practice however is largely bronze.
The strength of bronze expands the gestural possibilities of the sculptoral piece and the process itself allows for an infinite range of textures and colours which I have yet to fully explore. Its toughness, versatility, ability to imprint the finest detail to the point of fragility and refinement remain for me a poetic metaphor for the human condition.