Margaret Suchland ~Arizona

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Artist statement: " Margaret Suchland is an award-winning painter and book artist. She began her studies at the University of Beirut, Lebanon and after years of living abroad she completed her B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1992. She has been a collector of the found object and other of life’s artifacts for many years. The effects of time seen on these objects reveal evidence of the human presence – the worn edges, smudges and random marks are an inspiration for her in her continued interest in mark making. A sense of time, place, memory and the emotional connections within them are a recurring theme found in her work. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her work is included in many public collections. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona."
Collaboration with Curt Dornberg  

Nippon Graphemes
By Margaret Suchland
Tucson, Arizona: Margaret Suchland, 2017. One-of-a-Kind.

2.25 x 11" closed. Accordion. Materials: vintage Japanese flash cards; archival adhesive tape.

Margaret Suchland: "'Nippon Graphemes' is a unique book that reflects my interest in mark making and the graphic quality of typography and various orthographic symbols found in world languages. This multi paneled accordion book is composed of vintage Japanese flash cards that have been formed into pages. Using vintage ephemera is appealing to me because of the subtle evidence of past human presence.

"Multiple cards were first folded and then joined together with archival adhesive tape to create an accordion pleated housing to support the cards. The cards were then attached to the valleys of the pleated base using adhesive tape. Found objects and ephemera are often found in my work. There is beauty in their faded colors and their subtle evidence of the past. I enjoy rescuing them and find it magical to change their context and thereby create a new interpretation of them."

Per wikipedia:
Nippon refers to the state of Japan.
Grapheme, in linguistics, is the smallest unit of a writing system of any given language. An individual grapheme may or may not carry meaning by itself, and may or may not correspond to a single phoneme of the spoken language.

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Film Noir Book
By Margaret Suchland
Tucson, Arizona: Day Press, 2015. One-of-a-Kind.

6 foot reel of images. Printed on vellum paper using archival inks with an Epson 2200 printer. Housed in a 3.5 x 4 inch round vintage Kodak film holder. Paper title label on canister. Laid in a black fold wrapper with twine and paper disc closure. Signed by the artist.

Margaret Suchland: "This book reflects my interest in the found object as well as the aesthetics of the cinematic genre known as film noir. This medium was influenced by German Expressionism of 1910-20. I am attracted to the strong contrasts between light and dark and the chiaroscuro quality seen. The images were taken with an iPad while watching the 1931 film 'M' by Fritz Lang. I resized the images and printed them."

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Day Press Out of Print Title:  

Glyph II
By Margaret Suchland
Tucson, Arizona: Day Press, 2008. Artist Proof.

8.5 x 12.25"; 20 unnumbered pages. Accordion structure. Mixed media.Digitally printed on Somerset Velvet using archival inks by an Epson 2200 printer, with additional handwork and collaged tin. Portfolio case made from Rives BFK.

Margaret Suchland: "Altered photographs of found markings hand-worked with assorted pens and colored pencils. Collaged with weathered pieces of tin."

Colophon: "This book speaks on behalf of my continued interest in the graphic quality I see in the random marks found on common objects in our everyday lives. These marks illustrate and symbolize the presence of an absence, a proof of life's existence."


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