1. How did you get into printmaking?
There was no more room in the painting department at art school (!). They suggested I stay in the printmaking department and also take part in the painting department. But I got hooked on printmaking and stayed.
2. If you could master one tool/skill, what would it be?
To have an ease in drawing people.
3. What’s your usual art making process/how do you work?
I enjoy my Aquatint plates very much because I can control not only the colour but the intensity of it. Make it strong and deep like velvet or light as a whisper. The screens enable me to add imagery and context.
4. What are some challenges and perks of being an artist?
Challenge: Finding galleries to show my work in. Perks.:… Artmaking is ageless.
5. Which 3 artists (dead/alive) would you like to have dinner with?
Melissa Smith (Australia), Helen Frankenthaler and Nancy Spero.
6. What advice would you give to a younger Susanne starting out in the creative industry?
As Kurt Vonnegut said “…practice… no matter how well or badly, not to get money or fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.” To study what art can be.
7. What would you like to achieve within the next 10 years?
To survive Covid 19, to make and to make and to get better.
8. What are 5 most important items/tools in your studio?
My plates, my printing press, my silkscreens, my water blaster and my inks.
Susanne’s Feature Wall exhibition details: depotartspace.co.nz/event/equilibrium
Check out Susanne’s website: susannekhouri.co.nz