Suzanne Ragan Lentz

My work focuses on the process of making a journey from one point to another through the use of my body as an object through physical manipulation or by costuming and photography as explored through portraiture.  From 1995-2000, I made animal blanket-sleeper suits for adults based on responses to a survey asking, "If you could be an animal, what type of animal would you be?" Their answers created the work.

Once the suits were made, I photographed my collaborators in their favorite place.  At the source of this piece lay the gift of being 5 years old again.  Numerous performances occurred during this time when the animal blanket sleep suits hit the road locally and globally interacting with the public. 

Recent work explores how twenty-six words tell the story of an individual. In "The Blindfold Piece" these words are cross-stitched on white blindfolds in which I am photographed. The self-portrait headshots reference prisoners of war, women's work, domesticity, loss of identity and blindness. 

I live in Seattle WA and have studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art.  My work has been exhibited and collected within the United States, South America, and Asia.

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