Seattle Design Festival Conference
Suzanne was invited to be a panelist in an audience-participatory discussion between activists, artists,
and designers to engage economic and racial justice through visual, spatial, and structural storytelling.
Relational poverty knowledge shifts the focus on "the poor" to the larger forces of power and privilege
that maintain and reinforce poverty. We will investigate this year's festival theme 'Design Change'
by conceptualizing how to make visible the often-invisible power relations that produce and reinforce
structural inequalities. Sponsored by the
Relational Poverty Network
at the University of Washington.
Flight of Fancy
"The tradition of bobbin lace making and Rauma maritime culture are at the centre of a community
public artwork. A team consisting of architect Glenn Messersmith and sculptor Suzanne Morlock,
the current artists-in-residence at RaumArs, and local teacher and lace maker Tarmo Thorström,
in collaboration with Rauma Street Mission (Rauman Seudun Katulähetys) VALO metal workshop apprentices
for providing skills in welding and concrete work. This collaborative public artwork Flight of Fancy
is respecting the past, looking to the future." ...
for details as the project progressed.
Suzanne became a Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation in conjunction with her project
in Rauma Finland: The Lacemaking Project. This community-based opportunity is a collaboration with
RaumArs Artist in Residency Programme .
Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship
In March 2014, Suzanne was awarded a Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship. The Fellowship show will be
held at the
University of Wyoming Art Museum
in May of 2015.
The Nature of Things
Suzanne was selected as one of three artists to create large scale installations responding to the
Wyoming landscape. This 3 month exhibiton included performances by Contemporary Dance Wyoming
as part of the opening and
for the work.
Interview with World of Threads
Suzanne was pleased to be included on this
Canadian website's review of worldwide textile artists. As stated
on their website: "A comprehensive archive of the most exciting fibre artists in
the world. For 104 weeks we have been interviewing a new local, national or international
fibre artist. Interviews published by Gareth Bate & Dawne Rudman. People have subscribed
from 59 countries."
Industrial Workers of the World
At an old rope factory in Paterson New Jersey, Suzanne created a new kind of textile operation
for a two hour performance on the 4th floor of one of the old industrial buildings. Interested
attendees participated in the manufacture of new textile materials,old newspaper turned into
fiber then knitted, in this historic place.
The final form was created by all who participated and collaboratively the piece was installed
in the space. This performance was designed to pay homage to the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike
that occurred in protest the poor working conditions endured by factory workers. In addition,
in 1913 a big exhibition was put on at the Armory to help raise funds for the effort. Sadly
after several months, the strike ended without worker satisfaction.
Creative Time Summit
Suzanne was fortunate to be able to attend the Creative Time Summit – Art, Place
and Dislocation in the 21st Century held in New York City. In addition to hearing a wide
range of project ideas, reports on activities and speakers representing a range of
experiences in areas related to socially engaged arts, the attendance was huge! The
organizers provided opportunites to engage on more intimate levels. Suzanne was fortunate
to have lunch with Lucy Lippard, Gregory Sholette and a few others at the "Manhattan
table" where cuisine was represented from each of the five boroughs. That evening
at the Flux Factory a fabulous dinner was served with another opportunity to mix with
like minded attendees.
Time & Place Installation Collaboration with Contemporary Dance Wyoming
A collaborative work by Suzanne and Contemporary Dance Wyoming. This piece was
performed at the Center for the Arts in Jackson Wyoming in conjunction with the National
Association of Arts Councils Leadership Conference. Set in a non traditional space, this
work captured attendees attention as they traversed the space was focused on sound, movement and form.
Wyoming Art Council’s Biennial Fellowship Exhibition
Suzanne was honored to be included in the Arts Council’s binennial exhibition. This year it
is being held in at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, a converted 1924 power plant. This
spectacular venue in the heart of Wyoming showcased these fellowship winners as well as
the faculty at the University of Wyoming.
Nominated by Lisa Hatchadoorian, curator at the Nicolaysean Art Museum in Casper Wyoming,
Suzanne was selected as one of two Wyoming artists to be represented in an exhibition
hosted by the Art Association. Curator's Picks: Northwest Contemporary, highlighted
the works of 8 regional artists, two hailing from each state – Colorado, Idaho, Montana
The Knitting Project
Suzanne received grant funding to implement a community-based public art project centered
on older community members in Teton County, Wyoming.
The Knitting Project
explored current trends in art theory related to social practice, inviting participants to actively
engage and create the outcomes via the "framework" created by Suzanne. With over 50 knitters,
the cross-generational effort adorned 10 sculptures around town with knitted embellishments
created by participants. Each sculpture project included from 1-18 participants.
Contemporary Dance Wyoming – Up Close
Suzanne and five other local visual artists were invited to collaborate with Contemporary Dance Wyoming on a
series of dances,
contributing costumes, props, and sets; engaging new artistic muscles, and seeking
inspiration from the elements: Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. Suzanne suggested a fifth element which speaks
of the void or ether.
How We See
Approaching the topic of how we perceive art and what matters about the process, Suzanne and Susan
Thulin introduced their ideas on the topic and invited others to throw in their perceptions. JH Culture
Sweater at Center for the Arts
After a long sunny time at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa California, the much loved 13'
sculpture returned to the place of it's birth. Invited by the Center for the Arts to grace an upstairs patio,
Sweater arrived in good shape after being in the California sun for a year. A casual
was held to welcome Sweater back to Wyoming.
A Come Together in Pinedale
Suzanne participated in this statewide event bringing together visual artists in a new way and
inspiring us all! Suzanne’s presentation entitled
"Getting Out of Dodge"
was focused on big thinking about international opportunities.
Organized by the Wyoming Arts Council, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Pipeline Art Project,
and Pinedale Fine Arts Council, with support from the Pinedale Travel and Tourism Commission,
Wyoming Women's Business Center/Works of Wyoming, the Sublette County Library, and the Wyoming
Cultural Trust Fund.
Nomination for Northwest Contemporary Art Award
Every two years, artists across a five state region (Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming) can
be nominated by a secret crew of organizations and individuals who are given the nominating powers.
This year someone nominated Suzanne for this prestegious honor of being one of 3-7 artists to be featured
in an exhibit at the Portland Art Museum in 2013.
Exhibition – Tayloe Piggott Gallery
April 2012 pasalubong
March 30 through May 15, 2012
US Artists Nomination
Suzanne has been nominated by United States Artists (USA) for a
award. USA is a non-profit organization started in 2005 with a mission to invest in American
artists and illuminate the value of artists to society. Artists can be nominated
at any point in their career by respected nominators who believe these artists
deserve support for their artistic vision. Beginning in June 2012, 8 discipline specific
panels of experts will meet to chose the 50 USA Fellows for 2012.
February 2012 Six Stories, is a group exhibit challenging participants to recall that favorite book
from childhood as inspiration for a flight of fancy. Suzanne's piece, loosely
inspired by The Phantom Tollbooth and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is an installation
which plays off of the 20 foot high ceiling in the gallery space. The
called City in the Sky, uses recycled materials such as remnant Mylar, recycled
bicycle tires and newspaper, and a knitting technique.
Suzanne has expanded her website to include a weblog (blog). While this
is a work-in-progress, she is currently interested in reporting art sightings at sites
(sitings!), in travels and related discoveries. With the publish of her first
substantive post, we hereby announce it's official launch! It can be accessed by following the
on this site's navigation bar.
Wyoming Biennial Fellowship Show
The exhibition was held in the ArtSpace Gallery at the Center for the Arts in Jackson,
Wyoming with an opening on November 4, 2011. Ten Wyoming artists where exhibited
representing those who received awards in 2010 and 2011 from the Wyoming Arts
Council's annual fellowship competition. The show's curator also
toured(.pdf, 4.9MB) the artist's studios.
Suzanne created a site-specific piece for this exhibit using discarded office paper
and other discarded materials from organizations which reside in the Center
for the Arts. The
used the context of the physical place, it’s unique cultural narrative and local
materials. Through techniques common to much of Morlock's work, she created a
story which extends or invents new meanings, imaginings or possible futures. Often
the reading by viewers creates a whole other sense of possibilities via each individual's
Wyoming Welcome Center
Suzanne was one of the eight submissions selected for further consideration for the Wyoming Arts Council's
Art in Public Places Program. The recent call for artists was for the Southeast Wyoming
Welcome Center near Wyoming's border with Colorado off of I-25. Suzanne's concepts for the
interior and the exterior locations are both being
considered for this new state building. Of course Suzanne's entries utilize recycled materials.
Read more about the
Fall Arts Festival
For Falls Arts Festival, Suzanne created a public art
entitled Silage. An imaginative
surrogate of the recently harvested hayrolls of August, Silage was created from cast off
materials. Since audience reactions can never be predicted, Suzanne was interested in the cow's
assessment of this strange addition to the field. The most common response was that it made
a good tool to cure that itch!
Suzanne enjoys collaborations around themes that resonate for her. She was approached in the
Spring to participate in a project with her favorite theme – recycled materials. Pennsylvania
artist Ken Marquis began this project which now incorporates over 1,000 artists who
were given old
hubcaps to create new art. Ken's goal is to represent as many places around the world as possible,
to produce a catalog and a traveling exhibition for a selected few of the pieces. See more
about the project. Also see the
AP News video.
Viridian Gallery Show
"There is so much interesting and exciting art being done today that both Ms. Sussman and
Viridian Artists' director, Vernita Nemec, selected additional artists
(including Suzanne —ed.) to be included in Curator's
Choice & Director's Choice PowerPoint presentations to be shown continually throughout the exhibition.
The inclusion of these artists is also a reflection of Viridian's desire to give exposure to the
abundance of outstanding art being created today."
Press Release (.pdf as Google sites attachment for download)
In Mid July,
blogger, the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Mike Shay; and curator of the 2011
Biennial Fellowship, New York artist and 2011 fellowship juror, Nancy Bowen; visited Suzanne's
Wilson studio as part of the Fellowship award and curation process.
Honorable Mention awarded by WAC
Suzanne received an honorable mention from the
Wyoming Arts Council
(WAC) this spring. Three artists from Teton County will be represented at the biennial exhibition
celebrating the winners and the others honored. This year, the exhibit will be held in the Art!Space
Gallery at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming.
Fashion in Jackson Hole
CLAD: art+cloth+street is a fashion/art event being held at the Factory Studios in Jackson, Wyoming.
Suzanne was invited to respond to the theme of the event with a face off of images, —volleying
against Lyndsay McCandless. To see an introduction to the event watch
Sweater roosts at the Charles Schulz Museum
April saw the de-installation of Sweater from the ArtSpot in Jackson, Wyoming and it's travel by
truck to the Charles Schulz Museum. Mid May, Suzanne traveled to Santa Rosa with her trusty
fabricator and technical advisor, Glenn Messersmith, to erect the sculpture in it's new
for the next six months.
The exhibit which Sweater is part of is "Pop'd From the Panel", co-curated by Jane O'Cain
of the Schultz Museum and Michael Schwager, Director of the Sonoma State University Gallery
and art history professor. Read press from the exhibit
Drape on Display in Williamsburg
Suzanne created a site-specific piece called Drape, for the "Art from
Detritus: Upcycling with Imagination" group exhibition in response to the Williamsburg
Art Center's 14 foot ceilings. Using much smaller needles than her recent forays into knitting,
she used cast off VHS video tape as the 'yarn' of choice for this piece.
About the exhibit:
"Art from Detritus"
continues the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people. This exhibit serves as a creative reminder
that trash can be not only recycled, but also reused, to create beautiful and unique objects of art.
All these artists see beauty in the discarded that fills and eventually serves to destroy our
environment and realize this is a satisfying and rewarding way to creatively deal with the problem
of too much trash."
Galleries of Recent Work
We've been quite busy and have neglected to keep everyone up to date
with recent images. We have now rectified that in the
The travel slideshows are finally up to date and can be accessed from the
New slideshows include
travel to Poland
and the production of Magic Carpet Ride, as well as to Iceland for Nets and France for
Overlay. We also spent time as volunteers with the Cross Cultural Collaborative in Ghana.
The links to the recent portfolio entries
have been added to the earlier news items below: Interior, Queens College, Flushing, NY Sweater, Jackson, WY Magic Carpet Ride,
Łódź, Poland Nets,
as well as to the
Installation at Queens College Art Center Project Space
Suzanne has been invited to create a newspaper environment at the Queens
College Art Center Project Space. (Queens College is part of CUNY, City University
of New York) The room will be transformed into an other
worldly landscape using the Knight, the college campus newspaper, as
the source material for this site specific installation.
will be up through June 2011.
Queens College Art Center
Scroll down in the Current Exhibitions for Suzanne's announcement.
Sweater to Travel to Charles Schulz Museum in Late Spring
The Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa California has invited Sweater
to be a part of the exhibit Pop'd from the Panel, a group exhibition
that will be held June through December 2011. As of this writing, the exhibit
curator has tenatively decided to have the piece flying off the front of the
museum building. Other works of art inspired by the comic strip will be on display
during the exhibition. Charles Schulz Museum (Cached)
Site Specific Installation at the Central Museum of Textiles
The week of January 10th a new textile factory was tempoarily created
in the gallery space at the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź, Poland. With
a long history of textiles, this former textile factory turned museum has
celebrated all things textile for over 50 years. Suzanne proposed a site
specific installation entitled
Magic Carpet Ride.
This 80 foot long knitted newspaper piece was created with the assistance of 12 students from
the Fine Arts Academy in Łódź. Central Museum of Textiles article
Translated from Polish to English by Google Wyoming Arts Council Article
JH Weekly article