Suzie Larke is a visual artist and photographer from Cardiff. After graduating with a degree in photography from Falmouth college of arts in 2002, she's gained over 15 years' experience as a photographer. She lived in Spain for 10 years, and has worked as a commercial photographer internationally. her fine art photography has been exhibited in Wales, England and Switzerland. Her project 'IN THE MINDS EYE' uses conceptual photography to depict her lived experience of depression and anxiety. Her interest lies in making images that challenge our notion of reality, exploring the interplay between the possible and impossible. She uses constructed imagery, digitally stitching photographs together in such a way that they present as a single, untampered image. By using ‘magical realism’ to transform photographs that take the everyday and skew it, she creates images that interpret the subjective experience of mental health difficulties.
‘Difficult experiences can sometimes be the inspiration behind creativity. One of the things about depression is that it's very hard to put into words. I didn't have the vocabulary to describe what I was going through at the time. I found creativity a really helpful way of expressing myself.
I think that from any negative experience you can gain something positive. This project has proven to me that creativity has the power to release things inside you that you didn't even know were there. It can help you work through things that are seemingly impossible. It can create something good from the bad. I hope that showing this work may have helped people who relate to the imagery.’ - Suzie Larke