When I wake up in the middle of a dream, I remember almost everything; the color of the room, the sound in the background, the person walking by, the smell of the air, the direction of the light, and the way I am moving within it. I believe our memories are similarly constructed. Time, event, object, and environment blend with physical experience to construct a permanent impression on our conscious and subconscious minds.
In my experience, both memories and dreams are rich with different kinds of truth and reality; those that are easily accessed and explained and those that can only be understood through the metaphor and abstraction that the mind allows. Dreams often disregard the rational organization of space, objects and time and create the “identity” of an experience that expands upon the impression of time and what can be expected from objects of everyday life. My artwork intends to explore questions related to significance, perception, and expectation in the context of memory, objects and space employing the sometimes irrational organization of dreams.
Suzanne Faris is a Studio Artist and Associate Professor of Sculpture at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. She is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana but now calls Fort Collins, CO her home with her husband Jason and son Jett. Her MFA is in Sculpture from the University of Colorado, Boulder and Bachelors Degrees are in Painting and Graphic Design from Purdue University. Suzanne’s studio work is primarily sculptural and interactive.
Suzanne Faris has been a member of the Artnauts Artist Collective since 2003.