Suzanne Moore was born to a family of gifted inventor-engineers, and raised in post-Sputnik middle America, with aptitudes in math and science. She was channelled into those fields at an early age, leaping blindly, but happily to art with the encouragement of a generous and insightful professor. She layers painting, lettering, printmaking, and drawing to create contemporary manuscript books and limited edition books. Her deep research has lead her to create book work presenting an array of subjects: Sequoyah’s extraordinary invention of the Cherokee writing system, the spirituality of gardening, Bob Dylan Song Lyrics, the multi-layered story of Scheherazade, and the many faces, the symbolism and the spirituality of the digit Zero. She is currently working on an edition exploring, reclaiming and rescuing the Letter Q.
Suzanne weaves word and painted image with form, content and structure into spaces which invite the reader to engage, examine and inquire. Her books blend abstract and representational imagery, rich color and surface treatments with textual content and contemporary lettering and typography to create work that obscures the line between word and image, legibility and abstraction.
Sky-diver, car hop, architectural renovator, art director, and – throughout her life – avid earth-builder and life as an innovative free-lance artist are passions she has pursued. She was one of two Americans on the Wales-based team creating contemporary interpretive illuminations for the Saint John’s Bible, commissioned for Saint John’s Abbey, in Minnesota.
Her work is shown widely, and it is collected privately and by institutions such as Wellesley College, the Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the University of Washington, among others. Suzanne teaches about contemporary manuscript design, conceptual book design and on painting and collage techniques, in North America and abroad, and speaks about her work.