Naoe Suzuki
BlueBlue: detailBlue: detailWork in progress in the studio at the Blue Mountain Center. 

September 2011Blue (what remains after)Blue (what remains after), DetailBlue (what remains after), DetailTwo RiversTwo Rivers, detailPurple is the New BluePurple is the New Blue, DetailPurple is the New Blue, DetailBlue (what sustains and kills)Blue (what sustains and kills), DetailBlue (what sustains and kills), DetailInstallation view from "Cloudlands"
Installation view from "Cloudlands"
BLUE: Drawings
Series of drawings and site-specific installations
2011 - 2013

Water is necessity for our life, but also treated as commodity that has been exploited. Our water has been over-consumed, drained and contaminated—thus poisoning our bodies and environments—and we’re facing the shortage of water in the near future. My concern for the environmental degradation, especially the water, inspires this body of work.

"Elegantly drawn, meticulously rendered, and beautifully conceived, Suzuki’s work seduces, titillates, and provokes. At first glance, lush flora and flowing water abound, but get up close, and you’ll be instantly drawn into hybrid worlds filled with intestines, medical instruments, discarded technology, and detritus of all kinds. These ecosystems would seem other-worldly, if they weren’t so familiar. Just as with the planet’s actual contaminate landscapes Suzuki’s worlds are simultaneously both luscious and lost, both gorgeous and ghastly. Her drawings offer a commentary on the complexity of our times and on the contradictions inherent in something as simple and life-sustaining as water. Suzuki’s work has all the qualities that make for great art: substantive content, flawless craftsmanship, and exquisite beauty."

Michele L’Heureux
Gallery Director
Wheaton College Art Gallery

See the exhibit catalog for BLUE at Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis University.