Susan Strand-Penman received a BFA in ceramics and fibers from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She lives with her family in Western Wisconsin where she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, gardening, and watching the local wildlife. She likes creating sculptural ceramic pieces, and her current works reflect the delicate balance of nature while exploring texture and gesture.
“As an artist, I am interested in exploring the historically intricate relationship between humans and their natural environment. I am fascinated with the beauty and wonder of the natural landscape. Inspired by the quiet, spiritual qualities of a dark forest or mossy knoll, I find myself drawn to the textures and shadows found within these captivating places. Working in a malleable medium, such as clay, allows me to explore textures, gesture, and mood. My sculptures are hand built using slabs and multiple layers of added or removed clay. Each piece is individual and creates a unique story that grows intuitively from the clay. I strive to create work that portrays joyful, haunting, and precarious moments in time.”