Suzo Hickey is a painter and multidisciplinary artist living in Vancouver, BC. Born in 1959, she migrated from the coast (Prince Rupert) to desert (Kamloops) before settling in Vancouver in 1990. She graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1994, and has exhibited around BC and the US on themes of queer mothering, urban landscapes, and death in the family. Her work has always been informed by the specifics of her life: the death of her 24-year-old5 son in “Mirificus,” stereotyping & the continuum of verbal violence in “You Fucking Fruit,” being a queer mother in “Let Me Go Down in the Mud.”
Recently, Suzo’s work has been urban landscape. After constructing many shows around issues, she began examining the formal, non-verbal, enigmatic power of what was around her: the ordinariness of rainy intersections and leafless trees in her East Vancouver neighbourhood. This is the landscape as she sees it – abstract elements incorporated into a representational style, layering light and weather over numbered grids, each painting drawing attention to its own construction. Even when the meaning is buried, it casts a shadow.
Suzo’s show, Like the Back of my Hand, at the Campbell River Art Gallery, was listed in the “must see” section of Canadian Art for the week of August 13 to 19. Canadian Art is Canada’s most widely read art magazine, both in print and digitally. http://canadianart.ca/must-sees/must-sees-this-week-august-13-to-19-2015/
Like the Back of my Hand is now at the Commercial Street Café Gallery from October 8th to January 4th. The opening reception is on Thursday, Oct 8th, from 7 to 10pm.