My artwork explores the power dynamics in a public space. As an installation artist who works primarily in public spaces, I’m often confronted with complex layers of public audience. To me, the term “public” is an oxymoron, because instead of meaning a space that "belongs to everyone", it actually serves the dominant culture. The question of who constitutes the dominant and which groups of people does the term “public” really serve, are pertinent inquiries in my art practice.
Based on certain foundation theories such as the study of Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon and Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, I believe architecture is a tool that shapes social behaviour in the masses. A kind of social reform, if you will, as seen in the 18th century urban planners like Hauasmen’s Paris. Architecture and spatial design is not innocent. Instead it masks layered power structures.
“Henri Lefebvre studied urban space and Foucault's interpretation of the panopticon prison, arriving at the conclusion that spatiality is a social phenomenon”
My art installations may differ in form, however they are connected in principle. They are site-specific, explorations in materiality and buildability and it has notions of creating a temporary “place”. I consider my art installation as tools to reveal the invisible site forces that exist on that space. The interactions created within the artwork is to contrast the existing behaviour of the audience on site. For example, if the site is normally a space where people pass by, like a corridor or hallway, my art installation would turn it into a meeting place, where the people would spend time talking to other people.
Recently, my interests have been towards this exploration of feminine spaces versus masculine spaces. Questions such as “does space have a gender?” and if public spaces encourage social inequality are critical issues for me as an artist, at the moment.
Trained in architecture, Suzy delved into the art scene as a festival producer for Digital Art + Culture Festival 2011/2015. Following that, Suzy became involved as a curator for art exhibitions in the Southeast Asia, Japan and Taiwan such as Media Art Kitchen and Transient Glocal. By 2015, Suzy expanded her art practice to make art installations in public spaces. Her installations are often commissioned and presented at local art festivals. In 2018, she was an artist-in-residency at Balles Artes Projects for "Namamahay" curated by Dayang Yroala in the Philippines. In 2020, Suzy's interactive sound installation "Jungle of Nusa" won the General Prize Award, where it was selected from 280 international entries. "Jungle of Nusa" was exhibited at Media Ambition Tokyo at Shibuya, Tokyo in 2020.
Suzy lives and works in Kuala Lumpur with her teenage daughter.