BA (Hons) Fine Art
Suzy Gyde makes her drawings and paintings using automatic techniques derived from spiritualist and surrealist experiments. These methods allow her to find and generate images from her unconscious. Spontaneous chance effects and random processes give way to textural features, blots and smudges which are all an integral part of her work.
Drawing techniques are based on frottage and are co-creations between the artist and plant matter such as dried roots, tree bark and branches. The process involves placing paper over the material and making rubbings with charcoal whilst turning and manipulating the paper to create images.
Although the processes are automatic there is a cohesive visual language of mark-making in Gyde’s work that can be seen throughout her paintings, drawings and ceramic sculptures.