Rise and Fall

Suzanne Davey, Rise and Fall, textile, metal, ink, 180cm x 130cm x 40cm

Rise and Fall is a textile work created in response to recent political storms and to the rise of the right internationally.  It wafts and wanes in the slightest breeze. Exhibited in Four Elements: Water, Creative Space.

Suzanne Davey, Rise and Fall, textile, metal, ink, 180cm x 130cm x 40cm


Tides rise and fall, waves rise and fall, storms rise up….. and fall away.
Water rises and falls with its own agency and we rise and fall in its wake.
The rhythms of ocean systems mirror social and political storms we face now; the rise of the right and political aggression and the resultant flows of people in the wake of these surges.
Webs of crossings and traversing, flows and networks of social relations, our fragility in the face of storms and the constancy of change are investigated through textiles. Utilising the language of sails and flags time and human action is made visible as the surface is ripped, pierced, punctured, repaired and stained and new connections are made.
Together with water we rise and fall, face change and unknown futures.

Collecting Mountains

ceramic art installation
Suzanne Davey, Collecting Mountains, ceramics, mixed media, sound, 220cn x 200cm x 150cm

Collecting Mountains is a multidisciplinary installation created for EARTH: Four Elements exhibition at The Creative Space. The project included sound, photography, ceramics, plants, books relating to mountains, topographical maps of mountainous areas, domestic furniture, bricks and volcanic rocks. The sound element was a soothing Mountain Meditation repeated continuously. It was created by Wendy Wood, University of Derby, presented as part of a nursing workshop on compassion focussed therapy.  

Collecting Mountains reflects upon our complex and contradictory interrelationship with geology and our passive observations of the altered ecologies of the earths surface as we go about our day to day lives.   The work investigates mountains as a cultural construct upon which we project our desires for conquest, escape from the everyday, for spiritual fulfilment, our thirst for exploration and aspirational dreams. They fulfil key physical and psychological human needs yet we transform them irrevocably via land acquisition, large scale landscaping, mining and architectural interventions.  

The installation explores clay as an earth resource transformed by human action and draws upon ceramic decorative traditions of display in a domestic context, as passive background to our everyday experiences.  

Collecting Mountains asks how we might re-imagine our future relationship with the earths surface and considers how we may evolve into a sustaining species through reflection and thoughtful action.

Suzanne Davey, Book Mountain, detail, (without mountain books), ceramics, books
Suzanne Davey, Upside Down Mountain Pot, detail, ceramics, metal, plant
Suzanne Davey, Slices of Mountains, ceramic
Suzanne Davey, Shadowlands (series), stoneware ceramic
Suzanne Davey, Collecting Mountains detail, Hold, stoneware ceramic, 35 x 25 x 22 cm


Suzanne Davey, Exhale, textile, resin, thread, steel, 140cm x 60cm x60cm

Exhale featured in the SEED STITCH Contemporary Textile award, curated by Soraya Abidin.  

Exhale aims to investigate moments in-between: between our conscious and unconscious states and the interior and exterior spaces we exist in as we navigate the the whirl of known and unknown factors in our contemporary world.

Suzanne Davey, Exhale, textile, resin, thread, steel, 140cm x 60cm x60cm
Suzanne Davey being presented the inaugural Betty Stirton OAM Seed Stitch Textile Award prize
Suzanne Davey, Exhale, detail, textile, resin, thread