Susan Strand-Penman received a BFA in ceramics and fibers from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She enjoys creating sculptural ceramic pieces, and her current works reflect the delicate balance of nature while exploring texture and color.
Susan lives with her family in Western Wisconsin where she is influenced by the urban excitement of Minneapolis and
St. Paul and the quiet beauty of the St. Croix River Valley.
As an artist, I am interested in exploring the delicate relationship between humans and the natural world. 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 using many different techniques. 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.
In my current work I am interested in exploring how nature is used as iconography in myths, folklore, and fairy tales. Familiar symbols such as the bad wolf, the dark forest, and the solitary raven have long been used to tell stories of human tragedies and fortunes. In my sculptures I strive to capture the spirituality and the symbolism that connects humans with the natural world around us.