Sue Beatrice, over the past 30-plus years, has carved out a niche as a freelance commercial sculptor whose clientele has included Disney, Waterford, Hasbro, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Jim Henson Corporation and many more. Beatrice uses recycled, upcycled and repurposed objects – usually antique pocket watches -- combined with natural elements to creature unique, Earth-friendly and artistic items sensitive to the limits of our natural resources.
Beatrice attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before joining the Franklin Mint. She credits her time there with enabling her to hone her talents and broaden her knowledge of sculpture. In 2015, Beatrice celebrated a milestone: the Facebook page for her company, All Natural Arts, crossed the 50,000 followers threshold.
She lives in Sea Cliff, New York.
In creating your artwork for the exhibition, what was your inspiration?
I was inspired by the exploration of and the connection between space and time. Using actual antique timepieces connects the viewer to the past. I was hoping to draw a connection between the themes explored in the episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” and the relation to time and space we all experience through memory.
How is your Star Trek artwork similar to (or different from) your other works?
This Star Trek piece was a natural fit for my timepiece assemblages as the geometry of the parts and the theme of time are ideal for it. I try to do unexpected things with each piece so that even if my style is recognizable, there are always fresh aspects to it and elements of surprise.
Discuss your process to create the images and features of the sculpture.
I use a combination of methods from solder and epoxy to hand painting and engraving. Whenever possible, I attach pieces by way of mechanical means such as holding them together with tiny screws.
Time is incredibly significant in Star Trek. Please tell us what time means to you and what questions it brings up to you as an artist.
Great art is timeless and connects people from any time period in human history. We all share a curiosity about time and space and our significance in them. Art and stories like those told in the Star Trek franchise help us to explore the depths of our universe as well as our own inner worlds.