SASE #1 is by Bay Area based Visual Artist Suzanne Husky.
Her project was a double sided poster that was available for free to everyone who sent a standard sized, self addressed stamped envelope to THE THING's studio for one week this past August.
About the Artist:
Suzanne Husky is a French American visual artist that has been living and practicing in the Bay Area since 2000. She grew up during the "Mitterrand years" in the midst of the 70ies "Back To The Land" movement. Green socialism filter through the various mediums she has worked with, which include sculpture, installation, and documentary photography. The themes of her art practice involve our intimate relations with plants, animals, the earth, and how we mingle together in political ways. Husky has spent a lot of time documenting contemporary "Off the grid" living - Modern Wild Lives - , urban green activism -Eco Heroes, East Bay Back Yard Activism - and woman farmers in difficult mountainous areas -Ariege Against the Machine.
The drawings on the poster are studies for shelters, paired with (very American) apocalyptic fantasy imagery. Husky interprets the survival fantasy with a desire to shed material burden as well as a desire to revert to a survival mode with raw contact with nature. That main stream subconscious utopia is what may drive some to go deep into the woods...
Husky obtained her MFA from the Beaux-Art school of Bordeaux, France, and has worked with Southern Exposure, Intersection For The Arts, Kala, Triple Base, the De Young Museum, San Francisco Arts Commission and ecoartspace.
SASE is an ongoing project of THE THING where we commission artists to produce posters that must fit within a standard envelope and are free and available to anyone who sends us a SASE. Over the next year, we will announce three other SASE contributors. This project is made possible by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure Grant and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.