The Sketch 4 I.D. series has been developed out of an interest in marks and scars on trees. Original photographs of trees are combined with those of human skin and text, to create montages that investigate the physicality of surface, the formation of identity, and the process of aging. These images function like archeological remnants—a deconstruction of both text and image recombined to create a new context. They are fragments of the everyday: the trees are surrogates for the body while the text, derived from stories and letters, manifests as trace memory. As identifiers, they are unformed signifiers—sketches where words and images get lost within each other.
All images are 17″x 11″ digital pigment prints on archival photo rag.
Suzanne Szucs is an artist, writer and educator based in Rochester, Minnesota. Szucs is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of an Artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. www.suzanneszucs.com