“I felt like I could wait for illumination about what to do in life, but instead, I deliberately make forms. These forms reflect the world that I inhabit, but they do not reflect my own character. The only explanation for this is that who or what I am has remained a secret kept even from myself. Certain ideas intrigue me. One is the idea of a secret sacrifice so cruel that it is unbearable. Thinking about it, I realize no one can see oneself as cruel–not even a sadist who can say that flagellation is mean. By this I mean: authenticity is an impossible secret to keep. I can see sacrifice emanating from life forms. My art exists to give pleasure and does not attempt to judge. These ideas are the trace of a smudge on the glass I am looking through.” —Susan Bowers
Susan Bowers described her art as, ‘a monkey on her back.’
Her background is in art history, painting and printmaking. While getting an art history degree at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1990’s she started taking ceramic classes. She taught Art History at Tulane and Xavier University before becoming interested in computer art. She worked in computer graphics and animation for sometime before losing interest. She resumed working in ceramics 7 years ago and has renewed her passion for the primordial medium.