Suzy Birstein

Great Work
An Overview of Contemporary British Columbia Artists

I am inspired by the visual and spiritual impact of art from ancient and contemporary folklore of world cultures, particularly Mexico, Greece, India, Southeast Asia and Africa. I am inspired by Picasso, Modigliani, Frida Kahlo, Beatrice Wood, Busby Berkeley, Ganesha, and Melanie. I create to the rhythms of jazz, blues, tango, and opera – especially the music of Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Astor Piazzola and Eartha Kitt.

My desire to celebrate the everyday things in life is expressed through my colourful hand-built pottery. The physical construction of overlapping slabs of clay initially evoked figurative imagery. Then the stream-of-consciousness drawings on my pots beckoned to become sculptures. These evolved into exotic “Portrait Masks”, double-sided “Duet Busts”, and multi-faceted “Spirit Bottles” carrying poetic and musical messages.

Suzy Birstein