ABOUT / CONTACT

Text for the exhibition Markkontroll [Ground Control] Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden 

 

"I was offered 3 important things when I was young, outdoor time, a pruner and Les Jardins of Michel Baridon, history of gardens through literature. Ever since I always have a pruner in my bag for plants and safety and have kept learning about agriculture systems.

At some point in my 20ies, I realized I did not know the names of the plants. After a year in China(2002-2003) where the air was unbreathable, bok choy was grown on the smallest patches of land and amended with poo, waters were spoiled, and forests were being torn out to be planted in cities for “green city” competitions; I went back to school for four years of landscape horticulture studies in Oakland California. I became a gardener and plant consultant for a landscape designer. As a gardener I worked for wealthy folks and my co-workers were Mexicans, we were cheap labor - that is the first politic of plants point I encountered; the social status of the gardener; 1 - the gardeners, primary caregivers of earth is a non valued worker, 2 - nongardeners do not know how to interact with their gardens, gardens are sets for hosting, real estate value, social status, “nature” etc

The landscape world holds the complexity of the situation we are in, the spectrum of practices is vast. I worked with indigenous plants from native nurseries with permaculture techniques to planting tropical landscapes in our drought California landscapes. As a plant consultant, I was petrified with anxiety all the time; will the plants handle this soil, the weather, the pollution, the sun exposure, will the future caretakers understand the plants and let them become what they have to become etc etc. There are a lot of things to weigh in and mostly we had to work fast and make spectacular gardens (a little like in the art world !). No slow soil building, no patience for the delicate more discreet plants, no rain catchments etc. I was quickly disillusioned by the landscaping world where the plants are all patterned and mass-produced. But I never left that world, i just stepped into a place where my relation to earth was healthier. Now I built soils, it’s my passion. I used my art to research the history of landscape, ethnobotany, politics of weeds, ag.tech etc. (I also taught Landscape in the art school of Orleans and "Plant matters" at the San Francisco Art Institute)

Other books that changed my life (there are many, we’ve had a book group on those topics for years and have grown together) Forest, the shadow of civilisation of Robert Pogue Harrison and Tending the Wild, Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources by Kat Anderson. Anderson’s book is a history of the California landscape and how food abundance had been created over a period of 12 000 years, which taught me to work with what is there as opposed to against it. Of course, she deconstructs John Muir philosophy of “virgin landscapes” that have just set a stage for contemporary fire issues and so much more. Starhawk is also core as she unpacks how the domination of woman and nature are the same thing, but also teaches land regeneration and permaculture and eco-spirituality!"

suzannehusky at gmail.com
Nouveau Ministere de l'Agriculture
contact at nouveauministeredelagriculture.com
Galerie Alain Gutharc
http://www.alaingutharc.com/
gutharc@free.fr

ARTISTE ENSEIGNANTE

2017- Plant Matters - SFAI

2012 - 2014 - Professeure en Paysage.

Ecole Supérieure d’Arts et de Design d’Orléans

 

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

2019 -Exposition personnelle du Nouveau Ministère de l’agriculture (duo artistique avec Stéphanie Sagot), La Cuisine Centre d’art et de design, Nègrepelisse

2018 - Des terroirs des hommes et du temps, Galerie Interface, Dijon

L'innovation au coeur de la Tradition, programmation Parc Saint Leger, Lycee Nevers

Le Gout des chose simples, CAC de Lacoux, Ain

Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris

 

2015 - #theraceforwhatsleft - École des Beaux Arts de Bayonne.

 

2015 - Le Lieu d’art - La Halle Jean Gattégno- Pont-en-Royans

“Now is the time to love with all of your heart and all of your soul and all of your mind.”

 

2015 - Galerie du Second Jeudi - “Notre liberté”

 

2014 - La Cuisine, Negrepelisse, France

Inauguration du nouveau centre d’art et de design de Negrepelisse

 

2012 - Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco “Shovels, physiocrats and the light footed heavy souls” - Obtention du Frey Norris Award

 

2012 - Musée du Couserans, Seix, France “Dernieres Bouchées Sauvages”

 

2011 - Recology, SF, CA“Sleeper Cell Raising”

 

2010 - La Galerie Bien, Toulouse, France “Avec Les Animaux Autours”

 

2010 - World Financial Center, Winter Garden, NYNY, invitée par Ecoartspace “Forest”

 

2010 - De Young Museum, Kimball Gallery, SF “Forest”

 

2009 - [Pollen] Monflanquin. France “Moderne Vie Sauvage”

 

2008 - Triple Base Gallery, SF, CA “You make me make you”

 

2005 - Adobe Books, SF, CA, curated by Eleanor Harwood “Rock Garden”

2004 - Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, “ Root hormone”

EXPOSITIONS DE GROUPE (choisies)

2019

2018

  • De fils et de fibres, Abbaye de Meymac
  • Elements de langage, La cuisine, Negrepelisse
  • Mademoiselle, CRAC Sete
  • Drawing Now, Carreau du temple, Paris
  • Pure Waste, Biennial luxe et environment, COAL, Carreau du temple, Paris
  • Le menuisier de Picomtal, Centre d'art Les Capucins, EmbrunHautes Alpes
  • Manières de faire, manières d'agir, Bel Ordinaire, Pau

2017 -

  • 62ème salon de Montrouge, Ville de Montrouge

  • Suzanne Husky, Thomas Raynaud Verrière, Les Tannerie, Centre d'Art contemporain

  • Trait d’humour, Médiathèque de Lège-Cap Ferret

  • Quand les artistes passent a table, Alimentation Generale, Ministere de la culture

  • BD Factory, Frac Aquitaine

  • Discussion and Sunset Walk, Irvin Street Project

  • Chassé croisé, Château de Champlitte(programmation Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature)

  • "Comme les chutes d'eau déjà tremblent dedans la source" à l'Espace arts plastiques de Vénissieux. Une exposition collective autour de la collection, à voir jusqu'au 29 avril.

  • Oeuvre pérenne Aeroport San Francisco, San Francisco

  • Des mondes aquatiques #1, Centre international d'art et du paysage de Vassivière, samedi 18 mars au 11juin 2017

 

2016 - Le Nugget Show, la Panacée - Montpellier.

  • Sequoia dream, La Galerie Noisy le Sec

  • The Milky Way complex, D Tour, Wisconsin (Culture and Agriculture Biennale), USA

  • Anne et Lucie, Musée de Valence, Valence

  • Echos Sauvages, programmation L’Ile d’en face, Nantes

 

2015 - Permanent Vacation, Bordeaux

  • La Petite Escalère, Portes Ouvertes

  • Randonnées périurbaines, Rives droites, Bordeaux, Du parc d’armateur à Jardiland

  • Parcours d’art contemporain de Sundgau “Bogue”

  • Parcours d’art contemporain de Sundgau “Alcoves végétales”

 

2014 - Panorama, Biennale de la Rive droite, Bordeaux, Du parc d’armateur a Jardiland

  • Centre d’art et de photographie de Lectoure, On the Nature of Things

  • Maison Salvan, Labège, Le rêve d’une chose

 

2013 - Milieu, Domaine de Chamarande “Jardin à la française sauvage”

  • Ressources Poétiques, Abattoirs de Toulouse Wash

  • Grand T, Nantes, Programmation vidéo, Musée de la Chasse, Paris Rencontrer l’animal

 

2012 - Headland Center For the Arts 30 year anniversary exhibit

  • Parcours d’art contemporain, Musée des arts Georges Pompidou Cajarc

‘Lever une carte”

 

2011 - Evento 2011, Bordeaux Biennale Petite et Grande Histoire

  • Bay Area Now 6, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco triennale

Sleeper Cell Hotel

  • Zombies-proof house Di Rosa Foundation Sleeper Cell

  • Art Horizon Nature, Auvergne, France Brindille

  • Santa Monica Art Center, Barcelona, Spain Ariege Against the Machine

 

2010 - The Lab, SF Forest

  • Kala Arts Berkeley, Groundswell” curator Betti-Sue Hertz Modern Wild Lives

  • Intersection 5M, Intersection For the Arts curated by Kevin Chen

Rewilding with intentions

  • World Financial Center, Winter Garden Forest, installation

  • San Francisco Art Commission Forest, installation

 

2009 - Chinese cultural center Biennale, SF Made in China, Installation

  • Kaunass BIENNALE, ”Dress you up with my love”

 

2008 - Skyline college gallery, San Bruno

Enhanced Interrogation techniques, dessins, installation

  • Southern exposure, SF Free Range ”Eco heroes”

COLLECTION

  • FRAC Aquitaine 2016

  • FRAC Midi Pyrénées - Acquisition video Wash 2012

  • CNAP

 

EDUCATION

2010 - Diplome de paysagisme horticole, Merritt College Oakland, USA

2000 - DNSEP, Beaux Arts de Bordeaux

 

RESIDENCES

2016 Creative villages Leytron, Suisse

2016 La Panacee Montpellier

2015 Nekatonea Hendaye

2015 Moly Sabata, Fondation Albert Gleize, Sablons

2014 Panorama, biennale de la rive droite, Bassens

2013 La Cuisine, centre d’art et de design, Negrepelisse

2012 Maison Daura, Saint Cir Lapopie

2012 Casa d’Oro Hors Les Murs, Ariege France

2011 Headlands Center for The Arts, Marin, CA

2011 PLAND, Nouveaux Mexique, residence “Off the grid”

2010 San Francisco Dump CA

2010 De Young Museum Kimball Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 Pola, Bordeaux, France

2009 Biennale de Kaunass en Lituania

2009 Casa d’Oro. Mas D’azil, Ariege, France

2009 [Pollen] Monflanquin. France

2008 Creative Capital Workshop, SF, CA

2005 A Suivre..., Bordeaux, France, préparation de Domaine Arboricole.

STATEMENT
I vow to myself and each of you
To commit myself daily to the healing of our world and the welfare of all beings.
To live on Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products and energy I consume.
To draw strength and guidance from the living Earth, the ancestors, the future beings, 
and my brothers and sisters of all species.
To support each other in our work for the world and to ask for help when I feel the need.
To pursue a daily practice that clarifies my mind, strengthens my heart and supports me in observing these vows.
JOANNA MACY
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