Ninth Annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour

June 21 -22, 2014

Suzanne DeSaix
Paper, Printmaking, Sculpture

DeSaix Studio
41630 Lovettsville Road, Lovettsville, VA, USA


Catoctin Cluster, Stop #9

About the Artist

"Communion" - walnut tray with .22 caliber shells, two cups of artist-made paper with abaca and hay fibers - 13"l x 10"w - 2013
"Communion" - walnut tray with .22 caliber shells, two cups of artist-made paper with abaca and hay fibers - 13"l x 10"w - 2013

Whether I am printing upon it or embedding fibers and material fragments into sculptural forms, paper provides a vehicle for visually expressing my relationship to the environment. It is a meditative process and a kinetic, tactile exploration of how my experiences and concerns fit into the larger global arena. Striving for a convergence of form, texture, and mystery that will engage the viewer, I wish to open the door to more questions and connection between the viewer, the work and myself.

I want to express the patterns and flows that I see, offer them up to view and discussion, such as learning that the tiny creek flowing through the edge of my property is so critical to the Potomac River, which, in turn, is so critical to the Chesapeake Bay and on to the ocean.

Historically, paper has been a vehicle of communication, whether overtly in a broadside or as a vessel of meaning and this is of endless attraction to me.

My work has been included in juried exhibitions at the Mason Gross Gallery/Rutgers University, The Corcoran Museum in D.C., the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and Washington, D.C. gallery exhibitions. Background includes attending the Penland School of Crafts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from George Mason University.

"Cornucopia" - paper sculpture of artist-made paper with flax and hay fibers, reed, IV tubing, sinew, equine needles - 24"w x 6'l on 4' live-edge walnut platter - 2014
"Cornucopia" - paper sculpture of artist-made paper with flax and hay fibers, reed, IV tubing, sinew, equine needles - 24"w x 6'l on 4' live-edge walnut platter - 2014
"Broken System" - artist-made paper of abaca and corn fibers, IV tube embossment, collaged woodcut of 100% corn fibers - 2' x 4' - 2010
"Broken System" - artist-made paper of abaca and corn fibers, IV tube embossment, collaged woodcut of 100% corn fibers - 2' x 4' - 2010
Cups and bowls created with artist-made papers of abaca, flax, hay, corn and/or horse hair - sizes variable - 2014
Cups and bowls created with artist-made papers of abaca, flax, hay, corn and/or horse hair - sizes variable - 2014
"Untitled (Vessel)" - cow bone, artist-made paper of abaca, hay with horse hair inclusion - sinew - 8" x 20" - 2014
"Untitled (Vessel)" - cow bone, artist-made paper of abaca, hay with horse hair inclusion - sinew - 8" x 20" - 2014
"Potomac River Bass" - plate lithograph - 22" x 15" -  edition of 5 - 2013
"Potomac River Bass" - plate lithograph - 22" x 15" - edition of 5 - 2013
"Vessels" - 8" x 20" each - cow bone, artist-made paper of flax and hay, sinew, antique family buttons - 2013-2014 (to be assembled into an installation piece)
"Vessels" - 8" x 20" each - cow bone, artist-made paper of flax and hay, sinew, antique family buttons - 2013-2014 (to be assembled into an installation piece)
Artist-made papers and journals - sizes variable - 2013-2014
Artist-made papers and journals - sizes variable - 2013-2014
"Connectivity" - woodcut on artist-made paper of abaca, horse hair, hay fibers - 2' x 4' - 2013
"Connectivity" - woodcut on artist-made paper of abaca, horse hair, hay fibers - 2' x 4' - 2013
"Pathways" - IV tubing encased in artist-made paper of abaca, horse hair, hay fibers - 2' x 4' - 2013
"Pathways" - IV tubing encased in artist-made paper of abaca, horse hair, hay fibers - 2' x 4' - 2013
 
 
"Cow Pie" - etching with linocut - 8" x 10" - small edition
"Cow Pie" - etching with linocut - 8" x 10" - small edition
"Jam" - woodcut on artist-made paper of abaca and hay - 2' x 4' - 2011 (Smaller versions will be available. The original unique series of 3 has been sold.)
"Jam" - woodcut on artist-made paper of abaca and hay - 2' x 4' - 2011 (Smaller versions will be available. The original unique series of 3 has been sold.)

Offering on tour: Demos of papermaking, printmaking, sales of small to large works, light refreshments.

Map and Directions:

Stop #9

DeSaix Studio Directions

From Rte 15, north end just before Pt of Rocks bridge, Turn left onto Lovettsville Rd. Approx 2 miles to gravel driveway on Right. Follow to end of driveway, approx 3/4 mile.

Planning to spend the weekend? Stay at one of our sponsoring B&Bs!