Best of Sculpture: Susie Marcroft

ART EDIT PRESENTS A SELECTION OF SCULPTORS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME. KIRSTY SIER WRITES.

Sculptor Susie Marcroft is gifted in creating polarising reactions within her viewers. The artist’s frighteningly beautiful creatures – inspired by her own emotional reactions to stories and scenes from real life – are capable of evoking feelings as mixed as repulsion, empathy and love, sometimes all at once. At the core of Susie’s art practice is a love for clay and figurative modelling, predominantly due to the intimacy it requires between artist and material. This same breaking down of boundaries is seen within the subject matter itself. The artist’s work consists of the uncanny merging of human and non-human animals, made even more life-like with the application of a resinous beeswax coating. After buffing, this coat gives each piece a tactile, fleshy quality. The unsettling result of this experiment is a purposeful one: the artist hopes to elicit a heartfelt response in the viewing of these strange others. By recognising our similarities rather than our differences within creatures both human and non-human, we might see ourselves and empathise more readily.

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