City College Art Gallery is proud to present Post Pastoralia, featuring recent artwork by Suzanne Pugh.
Suzanne Pugh’s Statement:
What do we lose when we lose language? If we lose our ability to communicate¬–in speaking, in writing, with language– how would we share our knowledge? What does the word “language” encompass?
On a recent trip to Iceland, I found that almost everyone spoke impeccable English. There was no expectation that I would attempt to speak Icelandic and have to struggle with words, limiting my ability to ask even a simple question. In central cities all over the world, English is becoming a common language, for natives and visitors alike. What happens to a culture and a history when language dissolves?
Now, can we extend the word “language” to encompass skill? The knowledge of our hands is similar to a language, passed down through necessity, experience, and exchange. I want you to see, as I do, the lateral relationship between language and skill, the parallel consequences of losing language and losing skill.
My pieces are form and material, but they are silent. The work is about forgotten language. It is about knowledge lost and found again, too late.
Suzanne Pugh’s Bio:
Born in Atlanta Georgia in 1972, Pugh began her metals and jewelry education in high school, continued at University of Georgia. Further study at Kansas State University led her to an MFA degree that she uses daily as an instructor at City College of San Francisco. Pugh maintains an active studio in Oakland, and teaches workshops nationally. She is interested in material, metaphor, line, contrast, and narrative in her work.