Susan Latham

Artist Statement

I am a “philomorph”, a lover of form, forms that have evolved out of necessity, every element being essential to survival. I am happiest when integrating opposites, science and art, left and right brains, the yin and yang of things, creating something new and whole from disparate parts. I am awed by nature’s beauty, the genius and whimsy of her inventiveness. I enjoy exploring that which is unseen, unnoticed, perhaps with my 5x magnifying class, or dissecting scope. I begin with something that fascinates me like the structure of growth in sea shells, a lilac bud under a microscope, knots in nature and culture. I play with the fruits of my inquiry and let their elegant structures inform and lead me on. The work that I have created reflects my fascination and study of the geometry of nature, the divine proportions of growth in the natural world. Through my art I seek to capture some essential essence, be it a glint of light or the curve of a line, that give a feeling of the whole. Creating abstract sculpture calls forth both the artist and the engineer within me, integrating the scientific inquiry and artistic expression that I find so satisfying. I was the founder and director of “The Forum for Science & Art”, bring artists and scientists together to explore the creative process for fourteen years.