The exhibition Birds of Paradise is Suzy Wright’s study of colour and how she views it.
Suzy has always been immersed in the vibrancy of the natural world. Nothing has been dyed or coloured “every creature and plant has been created with these incredible colours naturally”.
In this series Suzy wanted to focus on as many aspects of nature as possible. These included insects, birds and plants, as well as humans. ‘Birds of Paradise’ refers to a small section of people who inspire because of the extravagance with which they dress.
In describing the bird of paradise plant, Suzy calls it “the most elegant and beautiful flower I know of”. She quickly realised that this was the title of her exhibition. “In dressing up I feel like I am wearing my own camouflage, just like insects and animals do with their own vibrant markings”. This gallery will explore the similarities through a series of free machine stitch tapestries and watercolour drawings.
Suzy uses 200 or more threads to create a picture, building up the layers from dark to light. When working on the larger tapestries, she allows loose threads to hang free. This allows fabric to distort in its own way to create a lively and organic expression. Each piece has a distinct personality cultivated from my love of the tactile landscape. Suzy’s aim is to create “a series of work that feels real and comes to life”.