Following the tradition of women using stitches to create, mend, and heal, my quiet pictures portray the fragile wonder and miracle that is our world. Through photos cut apart and fractured pieces stitched back together, they offer hope that humans will come together, assuring succeeding generations a healthy, peaceful, safe, and breathing world. -Susan Hyde Greene, 2018
Thoughts About Water
Imagining that art heals, appeals to my sense of curiosity about the power of art to heal human nature as well as the natural world. Waterstories images are inspired by my lifelong fascination with the powerful emotional quality of water. Water gives and sustains life. Water can offer peace and contentment. It can also takes life. There have been times when I have been overwhelmed by fear...the terror of witnessing a wall of water cascading out of control down a mountain, taking with it anything in it’s path, or the terrifying feeling of being under water and unable to surface.
Living on the Monterey peninsula adds another layer of complexity. Surrounded by water, appearing idyllic, it is ironic that we may be unable to sustain our way of living for lack of water, an odd year of heavy rain not withstanding. Despite heated debate concerning the cause of changing climate, every year we see with our own eyes increasing frequency of massive devastation caused by extremes involving water with few implemented plans for meaningful large scale action. As an artist whose work involves mending and piecing broken parts of images of the world around me back together, it is natural for me to explore the futile idea of using needle and thread to mend troubled waters stitch by tiny stitch in the hope that humans will one day come together with real solutions, thus assuring a future for succeeding generations.
-Susan Hyde Greene 2017