It is my belief that materials of the human race have just as valid aesthetics as their virginal material resource. For this reason my work is focused around the human body's intricate materials which we love and care for, yet once removed we seem repulsed. For example hair; we spend thousands of pounds on our hair in a life-time but when we find a single hair in our food, we are revolted. My intention is not to shock, but to question people's preconceptions and explore personal significance as I believe ultimately, these materials help build our identity.
I began accumulating and diagnosing a durational analysis of my own bodies’ materials back in 2008. However, not until four years later did I realise my research had crafted a 'Body of Work'. Presented to the public, they found a natural curiosity to make direct comparisons and connections between themselves and my practice.
Using this information, I approached the public and collected their bio-materials in order to create artefacts that provided key times in one’s life. Through an intricate coded process of material tests I created the Placenta Photo Frame. In 2013, a media frenzy broke out surrounding the piece, bringing attention from all over the world and, although not intentional, it was because of this the Placenta Photo Frame became a sellable product. Since my aim is to create a sellable range of mementos which suggests personal significance and identity and continue to develop and exhibit my 'Body of Work'.
Please be aware that my work follows Health and Safety regulations at all times and has been assessed and certified by the Faculty Research Ethics and Governance Committee (FREGC) . I follow an ethical structure ensuring my work is executed and created in an appropriate manner.
At the age of 19 I began my studies at South East Essex College in my home town of Essex. It was there my theme and passion for conceptual art began. In 2009, I decided I wanted to learn specific skills and understand how to manipulate materials for my own purposes, therefore, I chose to study 3D Materials Practice, Wood, Metal, Plastics and Ceramics (WMCP) at The University of Brighton. After four years I graduated with a Masters in Ceramics and Plastic Composites. Immediately, I was offered a job at ‘Cheeky Tiki’, an Interior / Exterior Design and Build Company, in East London where I was based in the ceramics department creating slip cast drinking vessels. After 18 months I left Cheeky Tiki deciding to pursue and dedicate more time to my practice. I now work and live in London creating commissions for inspired individuals, alongside freelancing and developing my 'Body of Work' as well as teaching.
'Life, Death, Whatever.' The National Trust's Sutton House on behalf of the Best Funeral Guide, London, October 2016
SHE: An International Arts Collaboration Exploring The Construct of Femininity, Sweet Art, London, July 2016
'Crafting Anatomies' The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, Jan - Feb 2015
'New Designers' The Business Design Centre, London, July 2013
'Grad Show' University of Brighton Graduate Show, Brighton, June 2013
'Up and Beyond' University of Brighton Graduate Show, Brighton, June 2012
'Make Do' University of Brighton, Brighton, May 2011
South East BBC News 2013 - (LINK TO FOLLOW)
Irish Radio, 2013
Brisbane ABC Radio, 2013 http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2013/11/susan-hetheringtons-family-affairs.html
BBC Radio, 2013 - Sussex, Jersey, Leicester, Leeds, Shropshire, Newcastle, Bristol, Lincolnshire, West Midlands, Norfolk, Solent, Nottingham & Suffolk
MAGAZINES & BOOKS
Time Out, London 2013
Ripley's - Believe it or Not! 2015 Edition
CHAT, Women's Magazine, 2014
Nurture, The Portland Hospital Parenting Magazine, Spring / Summer 2014
Pretty Litter Magazine, 2014
UK NEWS PAPERS & ONLINE ARTICLES
Western Daily Press
The National (Scotland)
The Herald (Scotland)
Western Daily Press (Bristol)
The Press and Journal
ITV News- http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-11-26/placenta-picture-frame-proving-popular-with-new/
OUTSIDE THE UK - NEWSPAPERS AND ONLINE ARTICLES
Jersey Evening News
El Nashra, Arabic
Australia Nine News - http://news.ninemsn.com.au/
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