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Art & Life with Suzy Kellems Dominik

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suzy Kellems Dominik.

Suzy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Firstly, thank you for supporting my work and hosting this interview.

OK, mother of two remarkable young women, world-class athlete, lady angler and dedicated patrons to the arts and social causes. Simply put, it was a matter of “if not now than when”? I felt compelled to share my voice through my work. To examine the cultural narrative and the interconnectivity of my experience. To lead, teach, learn and inspire those around me through my honest and fearless endeavors.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am an emotional autobiographer and in a very real way, I explore the social science of being human through my art. My message is one of personal empowerment and exploring the interconnectivity of being one’s self through the lens of interacting in society.

I strive through my choices and body of work, to agitate, to challenge the viewer and society, to ask uncomfortable questions. To discusses unexpected alternatives to preconceived notions, and examine difficult themes. I hope to change someone’s life in the way they can think about themselves and others around them.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
It is true, I can be lonely. Though, perhaps it is not all bad to feel slightly apart from one’s peers. This apartness while leading to a state of isolation, provides a safeguard for my art and practice. Having said this, I am fortunate to be surrounded by a number a young, intelligent, creative individuals who engage my art and bring it forward to a broader audience.

And then there is the internet, the most remarkable mass delivery system! It is my intention to engage artist and the creative alike, with my upcoming digital project, #deemed. To reach out, using the perceived “anonymity” and voyeuristic nature of social media to connect with and expose our inner child. To strip away the glossy effect of our “see me, envy me, wish you were me, social media culture and to use this marvelous tool for something grander. #DEEMED

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work, In Her Dreams, which examines a young women’s relationship with her bed and how it becomes a reservoir, a partner, for her hopes, dreams and disappointments. The interactive work with exhibit in Paris, April 4 through 26.

In Her Dreams revolves around a young woman’s relationship with her bed. The bed serves as a partner – a reservoir for her hopes, dreams and disappointments. This installation is a universal work of emotional autobiography and thus serves utterly and irrevocably as a deeply personalized, participatory experience. Guests are invited to touch and investigate the many layers of the bed and to take photos in and amongst the sheets.

As an accompaniment to In Her Dreams, I will be launching a socially conscious project, # Deemed, an ongoing, interactive, digital art project aimed at engaging any person with social media to participate. My hypothesis is simple. See it, feel it, speak it and use the internet as the revolutionary tool it is, to communicate and deliver it. As the first of my digital projects, I will strive to harness the internet as a powerful tool for meaningful social interaction, inclusivity and communication.

Based on the poem (prayer) written as the core of her project, In Her Dreams, the “Single Girl’s Prayer”, transcends, gender, generation and circumstance.

I have reimagined the poem as “Deemed”, to act as a potent companion to the physical exhibition.
SEE ME, PICK ME, LOVE ME
SEE ME, PICK ME, LOVE ME
SEE ME, PICK ME, LOVE ME
Deem me worthy, for I do not exist without your affirmation.

I am asking that individuals create a 15-second video, speaking, communicating or expressing the poem, in any way they deem authentic, to the post on their Instagram story and DM (direct message) with the hashtag #deemed.

These will be included as part of the online project, and I encourage all participants to spread the message and participate, becoming part of this ongoing artwork.

 

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Image Credit:
Alexandra Fanning Communications and the artist

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