Suzo Hickey is a painter and multidisciplinary artist living in Prince Rupert, BC. She was raised in Rupert and has returned after 45 years in Kamloops and Vancouver. She graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1994, and since that time she has exhibited around BC and the US on themes of queer mothering, relocation, and death in the family.
Recently, Suzo’s work has been the urban landscape. After constructing many shows around issues, she began examining the formal, enigmatic power of what was around her:
We get comfortable with power lines and ordinary houses in less-than- picturesque communities, and this might be where we see ourselves most clearly. When I looked more closely at what was around me, I saw its importance and its beauty. Tourists are not visiting these streets, but this is where we live. There are no iconic buildings, and no landmarks. They are the houses we build for ourselves, they are the trees we choose to plant – deserving of reverence.
Suzo’s studio is in the Museum of Northern BC building, in downtown Prince Rupert, and open to visitors. You can contact her ahead of time or just drop in to visit. The address is 150 – 110 1st Avenue West, entrance is to the left of the main doorway.
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org / 604-831-6064 / www.suzohickey.ca facebook.com/groups/suzohickeypaints