Susie trained as a printmaker and for the past ten years the book form has been central to her work. It is a discipline which enables her to combine printmaking with three dimensional structures and to use layers to interplay one with another. Her work looks at the fragility and strength of the human body: things hidden and revealed, with traces left behind, these ideas transformed into small scale objects of delicate complexity. Working on this scale is important in order to emphasise the intimacy between the viewer and the work. The choice of materials enhances this relationship: translucent papers which reveal partial shadows and create ambiguity, and the unfolding being part of the process.
Susie is Invited Artist in Residence, Edinburgh College of Art Library (2016). She also teaches Printmaking and Artist Books for the Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh, and in adult education and schools in and around Edinburgh. Susie graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1992 with a BA (Hons) Degree and PostGrad in Drawing and Printmaking, winning scholarships to Athens School of Fine Art (1990) and to Seville School of Fine Art (1992) to study printmaking. In 2001 Susie was selected for the Creative and Technical Skills Programme run by the Print Studio at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Her work has been shown in many group exhibitions in Scotland, including Visual Arts Scotland (2015); Society of Scottish Artists (2014), Baroda Print Studio, India (2010); and Dundee Contemporary Arts (2002). Recently awarded Sally Schofield Memorial Award (VAS, 2015) and Nancy Graham Memorial Book Award (VAS, 2014). Her work is in the collections of the City Art Centre, Edinburgh; Edinburgh City Libraries (Fine Art); and Edinburgh College of Art – University of Edinburgh.