On display now at Dennis Public Library are beach trash collages created by local artist Suzanna Nickerson. Suzanna’s work with beach trash started about five years ago. It has been a personal mission to display, in a visceral way, exactly what she has found on a beach walk. She then assembles a collage of the trash from that walk. This method allows viewers to see both the variety and the disturbing amount of plastic trash that washes up on the shores of our local beaches, day after day. It also allows people to see exactly what our land and marine wildlife live with and die from. Her passion, expressed through her art, is to help educate the public so that they will see the stress that plastics put on our natural world. This work will be a preview to a planned town-wide display of her pieces.
As part of Suzanna’s installation, she would like to invite the public to create their own artwork from trash collected during their beach walks. Simply glue the items to the inside of a shoebox or onto a small cardboard sheet, (cardboard sheets are also available at the library.) If you would like to display your collage at Dennis Public Library, please affix a wire to the back and drop off between Tuesday, October 14thth to Saturday, October 18th. If you would like the artwork returned to you, please add a label on the back with your name and phone number or email address. This artwork will be displayed in the Benjamin and Ruth Muse Meeting Room during the last week of October and available to view during the library’s open hours.
Suzanna Nickerson grew up in an artistic family in Chatham, where she and her siblings were encouraged to express themselves artistically. She moved to NYC where she worked as a floral designer, seamstress, window and showroom display artist, and performed in a Mid-Eastern Dance Troupe. She created her own artwork and showed at the “Eisner Gallery” in New Jersey.
Most all of her artwork has been in the form of collage: large scale, collage wall hangings made from fabrics and home furnishings. photo collage, colored paper collage, and beach trash collage. She is a master at arranging color, shapes, and texture in dramatic or pretty patterns.
Her work has been on display at many locations on the Cape and Islands:
Edgartown Library, West Tisbury Library Virtual Art Exhibition, Martha’s Vineyard Community Television, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Chatham Town Offices, The Orpheum Theater, Chatham, Three Fin Coffee Roasters, Dennis.