GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: AMBER SUTO

Amber is the Gallery Manager at our in-person pop-up events. While she’s a talented textile artist, she doesn’t have time to create often and so has opted to provide this interview with some of the many creatures she encounters at her zoology based jobs. Enjoy.

How old are you?
25

What is the primary medium you work in?
Textiles—I used to sew quite a bit, and I’m learning knitting and cross-stitch.

What is one medium that you would love to learn?
I think it would be cool to know calligraphy? I like sending snail mail to my friends in other states, and it would be nice to be able to send them something pretty for once. My handwriting is fairly atrocious though, so it might be an exercise in futility.

What would you do if you were only two inches tall? 
It would be a terrible, terrible re-enactment of Jurassic Park. I’d be awestruck the first time I saw like, a frog or a lizard or a snake, and it would all be really cool until they decided to eat me/drive me out of their territory. Also my dog would probably be trying to smash me with his paws, because he’d think it’s a fun new game.

If you could shrink any piece of art to carry around in your pocket with you, what would it be and why? 
I’d probably be too scared to do it. I’ve seen what happens to the notes I stick in my pockets. Assuming that I had some way of protecting the art from myself, I’d probably pick something from the “Almost Warm and Fuzzy” exhibition that was touring during the early 2000’s. I saw it at the Brooks Museum when I was a kid and I absolutely adored it. I think it’d be nice to carry a piece of that joy around with me.

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
I was browsing through old cross stitch patterns late at night, looking for inspiration for this gallery (thanks Antique Pattern Library) and had found this Swedish book from around 1915. There was a particular pattern that I couldn’t quite tell what it was supposed to be: was it a hunting horn? A cornucopia? The curve of it made me think of a pipe, and my sleep-deprived brain decided it would be the funniest thing in the world to try and re-create Magritte’s “Treachery of Images”.

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
1. Life is absurd, might as well lean into it. 2. You should probably be getting more sleep.

Would you rather have the ability to shrink very small or become a giant? 
I’d rather be able to shrink; I feel like there are more advantages to being able to make yourself hidden or unnoticeable. And becoming smaller would sort of be the same as making the world bigger, making it so there are more things to explore. It would put you up close with the details you normally overlook.

Is this the smallest piece of artwork that you’ve ever created? 
Yes

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
Yes, a few times. The Ornamental Oddities shows are my favorite.


YOU CAN FIND MORE FROM AMBER HERE:
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