Born and raised in New Jersey, Suzanne Taetzsch currently lives and works in Rhode Island. As a child, her parents ensured music and dance were prominent in her life and she was fortunate to attend a public school system with a strong arts curriculum, all of which fueled her love of and attention to the arts.
She trained as a metalsmith and earned a BFA from State University of New York at New Paltz and worked in the jewelry world for a long time. Many forms of employment over those years helped to make ends meet, a pivotal one being the position of Public Relations Coordinator for a non-profit artists' space where she was introduced to photography and learned to work in the darkroom. This experience led to a body of work shot mainly at amusement parks and county fairs, incorporating all the chaotic color and movement of that atmosphere. The photos became painterly, and a series of them were paired with poems she was writing at the time. This work was satisfying, but she was missing a direct and hands on approach to artmaking. When she found abstract painting it felt like coming home.
“I am most excited when my work exists between drawing and painting. I love the physicality of making marks on the surface; the connection between the page, the tools and my hands; taking my time, considering the feelings, the emotions, the deep sensation of expression. I am always in awe of nature; flora, fauna, bugs, rocks, trees……and I am delighted when their sinewy rough smooth awkwardly perfect forms inspire the marks that flow through my hands. I enjoy asking questions and taking risks, the inevitable surprises lead to further questions and to the pleasure of continuous discovery.”