Stick Stories

Sticks, Ladders, Windows, Panels

Stick Stories are sticks, ladders and wall assemblages created mainly from the detritus that I search for in my natural environment. I commonly use driftwood to weave my constructions together visually and literally. The bleached branches and fist-shaped knots are so intrinsically beautiful, it seems disrespectful to add marks or color, but I must do it. Although each of the works is individual, they share a common language of birds, fish, ocean, land, and sky. This body of work divides into four categories. “Stick Stories” are poles that can each stand alone or in a group. “Ladders” are the three-dimensional echoes of the flat ladder images that would pop up in my paintings. Each of the “Panel Series” is built on a wood background rescued from the original veneer walls of our house remodel. “Windows” metaphorically frame the surrounding landscape. 
     

     I reside in northern California near the Pacific Ocean where I gather driftwood (where permitted) and ideas for my art. My first ocean experience left its indelible mark on me since my family lived a stone's throw from what was the untamed shoreline of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. When we returned to my Chicago birthplace, Lake Michigan's beaches were an important part of my life.

 

Beachcombing

Susan searches for driftwood

Applying Resin to Driftwood

Susan applies resin to driftwood