Sculptor Susan Kaden began studying sculpture at UTAS, Launceston in 1998 specializing in bronze casting. The Launceston School of Art had a foundry, where she learnt about production of casting for art, while researching and manipulating various materials, to create extensions of human form, portrait, elements of light and symbolic design. She worked collaboratively with Dr John Parish, sculptor and artist from Tasmania on a series of reconciliation sculptures about Flinders Island, Bass Straits and First People of Tasmania.
Since 2009 while completing an outdoor commission of four busts in bronze and sandstone for Brisbane, Susan travelled to Europe and USA, to focus on skills development in creating public art, particularly portrait and figure.
She completed a Master of Contemporary Art from UTAS in 2011.
Four bronze and sandstone busts were installed in 2012. She then studied sculpture in Florence at the Florence Art Academy.
In 2013 Susan returned to Italy, to create a monument of two figures, to be installed early 2015 in Brisbane. During time in Italy, she was mentored by Marcello Giorgi, who specializes in Classic Sculpture and in this time learnt many points of reference for creation of figurative sculpture. Susan enjoys sharing skills and love of sculpture.
Susan has recently completed public art commissions in bronze. Although her background is Contemporary Art she studied classical figure sculpture in Italy, France and the USA. She is currently holding workshops in Portrait Sculpture as well as a Life Sculpting at various colleges and Sculpture societies. She is passionate about sculpture and public art in communities. She teaches sculpture workshops and will travel to your location.
Susan anticipates her future work to combine historical techniques with contemporary expression, however Susan believes that, if basic skills are not learned then artists risk producing work that will not endure.