I am intrigued by objects discarded and forgotten, perhaps because of their untold stories. A rusty tool can spark an image of a fully formed piece in my mind, then transform as I bring other elements into the mix. I integrate masculine & feminine objects into my work by juxtaposing rusty tools, vintage collectibles, driftwood, costume jewelry, beach glass and textiles into sculptures and I primarily use rusty wire to connect the parts together. Ranging from obliquely political, to whimsical, to forlorn, my work provides a catalyst for interesting conversation and has been described by others as having the ability to combine humor & whimsy with the macabre. My hope is that through my work, others will be inspired to see the value in the discards of everyday life so that collectively we can begin the process of unravelling our compulsion to throw away what we perceive to be no longer of use.
Suzanne Eller is an award-winning artist who spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest then lived for 30 years in the highly urban environment of Los Angeles. Returning to her rural Washington roots has reconnected her with the land and sea and been the impetus for her self-taught artistic expression as an Assemblage artist, combining found objects, organic elements, vintage items, textiles and rusty tools into sculptures.
Her affinity for antiquing, collecting and crafting are the building blocks for her work. While Sue has no formal education in Fine Arts, she has always been creative. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA.
Suzanne resides on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Her work has been included in several online shows throughout the country and has also been exhibited in a number of juried shows on the west coast, including the Anacortes Art Festival, Edmonds Art Festival, Collective Visions Gallery (CVG) Show, Northwind Arts Center and the Healdsburg Center for the Arts.