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Susandra Spicer


I make abstract assemblage sculpture, focusing on the reuse of "found objects" (using society's discards). I love the creative moment, the "not me" part, when the shapes, colors and textures interact in their "new life" with each other and the spaces they inhabit.

I enjoy the engineering challenge: how to join, display & give the union stability. Metal appeals to me with its strength, permanence, texture and colors. I am drawn to add the color and light of plastic and glass.

Recently, I am making smaller, lighter pieces. I may use cultural flotsam and detritus to suggest a narrative or representational element in a piece. The use of masks in pieces is a good example of this process. I also make pieces that are solely about the experience of abstract space, line or form.

History :

My Evolution as
an Art Maker

I began to explore my relationship to art making during my mid-twenties. I raised a family and taught elementary school children, with "art on the side.

During my forties, single with my children grown, I had new freedom to invest myself. While teaching full time, I began more serious study of sculpture and watercolor at Santa Rosa Junior College and College of Marin.

With this commitment, there was a shift from being "a teacher who makes art," to being "an art maker who teaches."

While I was teaching full-time, I served as art mentor for Wilson Elementary School & its community, for 2 years. I began to show my work locally, starting in community festivals, fairs and arts organizations' exhibits. I had several personal shows.

I continue this, and have added several wineries and galleries as display venues. My studio is in both Sonoma County's open studio tours : ARTrails (for 13 years) & Art at the Source (for 10 years ).

Retired, I continue making sculpture, keeping it flowing back-into-the-world, creating space for new pieces to be made!

Historical Summary
of Public Display

Juried Shows :
Arts Associations -

Public showing began in 1985
Bodega Bay
  Fishermen's Festivals
Sonoma County Harvest Fair Marin County Fair: Fine Art California Museum of Art,
  Santa Rosa
Arts Council of Sonoma County Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sculpture Jam 1999-2010

Personal Shows
1986 Mark West Winery,   Graton
1987 Dream One Gallery,
  San Anselmo
1988 Fino Restaurant,
2002 Finley Center
  Rec. Dept., Santa Rosa

Began in 1996
Millennium Gallery,
Quicksilver Mining Company,
Cutler's Gallery, Sebastopol Tomales Galley
Next Level Communications,
  Rohnert Park
Quercia Gallery,
  Duncan's Mills
Dimensions Galleria,

Juried Public Shows
1986 Bay Sculpture, Belmont 1994 Women Creating,
  Santa Rosa
2004-2010 Spirit of Form,

Annual Benefit
Art Auction Participation

Art for Life
  (for Face to Face),
  Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Center
  for the Arts
California Parenting
  Institute, Santa Rosa

Open Studio Tours
Art at the Source
  1995-1996, 2002-2010


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