Like the writing and reading of a journal entry, making and observing what has been made reveals the naked body of a feeling: the bird of bird’s eye.

As an emerging artist, Suzanne Head has primarily focused on representational drawing and sculpture. Her work examines social and psychological experiences  through metaphorical narrative.

Featured Article

Read about Suzanne in Cleveland's CAN Journal.

Drawing Tutorial

Watch a sped-up marker drawing demonstration commissioned by Copic Marker.

Curriculum Vitae

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Artist Statement (2016)

I create highly rendered artwork that depicts fantastic, dream-like characters. These human and animal subjects interact with one another as they are bound within ambiguous environments. The natural characteristics of the chosen animal species, and their relationship to human society, are symbolic of human behavior. Their interactions and expressions serve as pictorial metaphors for internal and external conflicts such as holding on, waiting, or feeling trapped. The characters are stylized within a whimsical, fairy tale framework. This nature of fantasy within the work provides an adolescent lens to explore these conflicts: in which one is caught in-between what they were, and what they will become. 

Primarily executed in colored pencil, my work contains a visual language rooted in classic children's book illustration. Hair is often incorporated as a major symbol: representing entanglement, time, and feminine beauty within traditional western fairy tales. The contrast between the skilled, meticulous craft and the themes of internal struggle speaks to contradictions that lie behind the surface of idealized presentation. This separation is further informed by the use of pattern. This visual repetition juxtaposes flat, graphic atmospheres against naturalistic subjects, and reduces the clarity of their environment. 

Using this adolescent, fairy tale framework, my work assesses the nature of internal and external struggle, and presents a context in which one is powerful, vulnerable, or both. In determining these qualities of strength and weakness, my characters are often presented within a binary of predator and prey. In my work, animal predation is used to symbolize conflicts within human relationships that pertain to issues of adolescent development, physical beauty and seductive power; often questioning whether these characteristics help to define one as predator or prey.