Suzanne Metzel

I am a lifelong resident of Evanston (3rd generation).  At the Evanston Art Center I studied drawing, watercolor and eventually settled on printmaking until I became pregnant and was evicted from the acid bath closet.  A full time career in law and small children left little time for art until I picked up my first camera to take pictures of my young rhythmic gymnast daughter more than 20 years ago.  Within a year I bought a medium format camera, set up a makeshift darkroom and was accepted into my first juried show at ARC Gallery.  My subjects were close at hand: family, dogs, home until that young child became a more accomplished gymnast and began to travel to international competitions.  Her very first trip abroad placed me on the shores of Lake Baikal in southern Siberia. Travel quickly became a source of inspiration.

Initially my work was primarily with film and I enjoyed exploring experimental techniques like lith, which produces results reminiscent of my printmaking work.  I have since embraced the digital world, in part, because it allows me to resume my first love, printmaking. Through the magic of UV light and photopolymer plates I have been able to use photographic images to produce photopolymer gravure images on an etching press.    I am a founding member and board member of the Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL.


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