Susie Hines is compelled by scientific instruments such as orreries as she believes they push makers to the edge of what is possible by combining technical challenges with rich and difficult metaphor. Her work incorporates this by using shapes such as spheres; a shape which has prolific resonances in astronomy, music, alchemy and the history of mathematics.
Her work engages from a distance as well as close up, by using movement and linkage that is combined with hidden facets which can only be discovered by the hand. Most of her work is through commission and she puts a strong emphasis on engaging with a client through drawing and model making. She finds that making is not just a technical challenge, it is also an opportunity to draw on our personal and shared history to make small objects that have a large hinterland of ideas and associations.