Stephanie   Suter

My memory fails me regarding the source but it may have been George Tooker, whose advice to artists was, “find what you love and make it your own.” I keep that in mind when I make work. I love materials, particularly traditional ones because of their non-technological qualities, their humbleness and weight of history. I love Christian icons, early and northern Renaissance portraits, objects that fit in the hand, personal ephemera, eye portraits, and family photographs, among other things. These loves feed my visual language, producing imagery that is not symbolic or narrative, and relates to the brief present moment.

I became interested in drawing in metalpoint and have been concentrating on that for a number of years. It's ephemeral beauty, ability to capture detail and slow process of method feels right to me at this time. I use both goldpoint and silverpoint; each has its own qualities. In addition, I started making prints. An antique book press, bought at an auction, was retrofit to use as a simple printing press. Printmaking is the antithesis of metal point in that an image can appear in an instant. The prints are mostly portraits and are not editions.