Susan Heggestad is a Vermillion, South Dakota-based artist working in prints, paper and mixed-media sculpture. They have spent their career balancing studio work with being a teaching artist and advocate, working in such diverse environments as K-12 schools, care centers, healthcare, and other public venues.
As an artist, I am drawn to printmaking and papermaking, traditionally feminine handicrafts, and installation. The connection, for me, is a keen interest in our gendered experience of the world. Hands and the human form make up the imagery that appears again and again; our bodies are the vehicles through which we understand the world around us. Everything we know is mediated through the body.