Susan Stockwell creates unique pieces of recycled art from unusual materials, crafting impressive sculptures which are both thought-provoking and impressive to look at. Using objects such as toilet tissue, maps and broken-down computer parts, her exhibitions make powerful statements about ecology and global commerce, re-using everyday objects most of us take for granted.
Exhibiting all over the world, Stockwell creates her pieces to work on large scales, reflecting the global issues at play. “China shook me up and was very exciting,” said Stockwell in a 2011 interview. “…I found people’s resourcefulness, reusing everything time and again, saving fuel and living off little, life-affirming… Working with recycled materials has moved my work on and deepened it.”
Her work has included a map of the world made from discarded motherboards, and an installation made entirely from toilet tissue. One of her most recent pieces, ‘Flood’, made entirely from computer components, sweeps across the floor of the exhibition space, drawing the eye to the ordinarily hidden parts of the machines. The parts, which were donated by a recycling firm in Cheshire, were donated back to the firm after the exhibition to be re-used once again.