Toronto-based artist Susan Collett studied printmaking and ceramics at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is a past winner of the Winifred Shantz Award and an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics as well as the Royal Academy of the Arts. While exhibiting throughout North America, Collett has also participated in several residencies, including the Sanbao Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, 2003 and Fuping, China, 2007.
The finished prints, with their quick, graceful sketches, their hand-stitched centres, resemble pages in a tattered old sketchbook, and somehow manage to convey that same sense of being deeply personal, completely original creations.
- Kristen den Hartog
Collet's Monoprints are pulled from stitched copper sheeting onto archival Hahnemuhler printmaking paper using oil based inks. These are not edition prints. Only one image is made and then the plate is wiped clean and painted with a new image. By scratching she draws directly onto the copper sheeting. This is done with a drypoint needle, without acid. She uses Industrial grade roofing copper as the plate. They are very much “paintings on paper”.