Suzette Bousema

Photo by Sabine Rovers, for Cultuur Schakel.

With the same curiosity as a scientist I visualize contemporary environmental topics. Planetary conditions and our place in them are the starting point in my work; the way humans interfere with nature and how we relate to the Earth on an individual level. By visualizing the beauty of scientific research, my aim is to contribute to already ongoing environmental debates in a positive way.

Archaeology and the notion of the archive fascinate me. Not only can the past inform us about the future, it can also make us think about what it is that we want to save for future generations. In terms of the collective memory of our Earth, we, humans, have only been here 1 second, yet we have had an irreversible impact. How do we relate to this second, The Anthropocene, on a personal level?

Currently one of my main sources of inspiration is philosopher Timothy Morton, who writes about the Hyperobject; such a big and abstract object, that we cannot see or touch it, but only experience it through it’s effects. For example, we can see and touch a single plastic object, but to imagine global pollution is nearly impossible. Through art (mainly photography) I try to gain a better understanding of environmental hyperobjects, like climate change or global pollution.

An important aspect of my work is conversation and collaboration. Please feel free to contact me.
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Suzette has recently exhibited in The Scientific Centre Kuwait (KW) and Muzee Scheveningen (NL). She currently exhibits in museum Singer Laren (Laren, NL).

Her work has recently been published in NRC (NL), Der Spiegel (DE) and Volkskrant magazine Sir Edmund (NL).