Susie Harley explores shape, form and texture to create sculptures that represent and interpret the human form. Her expressive fragmented figures celebrate the strength and beauty of the female form. Through twisting, arching and stretching her forms express tension and energy
capturing movement in clay.
Hartley’s classical style draws inspiration from ancient fragmented sculptures, using the torso as her main focal point. Her work consists of simplified form and flowing lines and her partial figures are made working both from life and intuitively.
Hartley regularly attends life drawing lessons working in a variety of materials to capture the essence of a pose. Historic figurative sculptures and paintings from a variety of cultures including non-European art have also been a major source of inspiration.
Recently Hartley has become fascinated with colour glazes and oxides and her fired ceramic work explores colour though a variety of surface finishes. Her sculptures depict energy and movement within the human form,
sculptures that have a tactile quality that draw you in so that you can experience new qualities and appealing forms from all angles.