SUSAN HAGEN: ARTIST'S STATEMENT
My process as a sculptor, as I have established it for myself, is a unique hybrid of traditions. I combine techniques of Northern European wood carving and painting, with methodology stolen from the prosaic genres of miniature crime scenes, doll houses and historical dioramas. I discovered through the years that the process of woodcarving would allow me to translate my experiences of the world into a tactile, pocket-sized parallel universe. My primary artistic concern is to convey – through the sensuous forms of wood sculpture and a narrative language informed by current events – some of the raw beauty around me in the world that I am stitched into. I also create drawings, small portraits and miniatures. As a long-time resident of the City of Philadelphia, I feel deeply connected to the place I live, and the rich textures and social issues of urban life are currently the main focus of my work. A parallel body of work explores environmental issues, beauty, and the place of birds, livestock, and other animals in the contemporary world.
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