Susan Meyerhoff Sharples is an international artist based in studios at Meols, Wirral, UK.

Her work is inspired by evolution, provocative defence systems and the primal instinct for survival achieved via diversity and adaptation. Repetition is a constant element in the work.

She creates hybrid sculptural forms and wall based relief works that expose a glimpse of evolutionary fantasy, suggesting relationships between ancient organisms and their modern descendants. Their ambiguity reflects cultural, social and environmental concerns. Viewed from a playful perspective, they transform a materials utilitarian functionality into mythical forms linking prehistoric with futuristic.

Her initial ideas take the form of drawings which are often developed into sculptural sketches in wire, thus exploring the three dimensional form. The final pieces are realised through processes of fabrication and construction using materials and skills generally used within engineering or craft industries. Large scale sculptures are created from a smaller maquette which is scaled up to its intended sculptural dimensions during fabrication.

Many of her large outdoor sculptures can be found in the Lancelyn Green Collection at Poulton Hall, Bebington, Wirral, available to be viewed by the public through the National Open Gardens Scheme.

Recent works were supported by Ars Electronica Austria, Maerz Kunstlervereinigung, Austria, Sinebrychoff Museum Finland, Studio Valeria Croatia, Hrvatskog Gradjanskog Drustva Montenegro, World Museum, Bluecoat Liverpool, 5533 Gallery Istanbul Turkey.

Exhibitions, commissions and collections include: America, Turkey, Spain, Austria, Israel, Croatia, Montenegro, Eire, UK, and Canada.

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