Cassie Suche | Top 40 Under 40 2023

She’s dedicated to strengthening Calgary’s creative community through mentorship and public art projects.

Photo by Jared Sych; location, 400 Third.

Age: 29

Job title: Artist

Why she’s a 2023 Top 40 Under 40: She’s dedicated to strengthening Calgary’s creative community through mentorship and public art projects.

Visual artist Cassie Suche has created several large-scale outdoor works of art around the city — including 10 current public ones — and she’s not stopping there. Suche enjoys experimenting with her art, which comes in the form of installations, sculptures, drawings and paintings. “Being an artist is so special because there are no rules,” she says. “There’s no limit or structure you have to follow, so it’s just open to your interpretation.”

Suche’s contemporary art has been exhibited and sold in galleries in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, but she’s particularly drawn to creating public art because she enjoys sharing a community’s stories through collaborations with businesses, developers, architects and neighbourhood groups. “I am incredibly proud of the projects I have created in the city and the contributions I have made to the community,” Suche says. Beyond her artistic output, Suche mentors younger artists through local organizations including the Youth Centres of Calgary and the Beltline Urban Murals Project.

Some of her most notable public art installations include RiverWalk’s “Touch Traces,” a series of 10 architecture-scale surface installations using hundreds of fingerprints sourced from the East Village community; and the “Rise and Reflect” project celebrating International Avenue. “I work closely with local communities to develop projects that reflect the site and setting,” Suche says.

One of her favourites so far is “GROW,” a series of large-scale drawings on grass in neighbourhoods like Mount Pleasant, using non-toxic grass dye and fertilizer, intended to be highly visible for a few weeks until the dye washes away. “The biggest things I’ve ever made are labour-intensive, they don’t last a very long time, and I’m not sure how many people even know about them,” she says, “but they’re really interesting to me.”

Thank Yous
“My family, for never letting me take it all too seriously.”

 

Top 40 Under 40 2023

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Dave Carlton & Andrew Renaux

May Choi

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Matthew Corkum

Morgan Curley & Marc Husted

Lauren DeDieu

Julie Deleemans

Barry, Daniel & Lorin Doerksen

Nauzer Forbes

Aravind Ganesh

Stephanie Hutchinson

Hadis Karimipour

Dion Kelly & Eli Kinney-Lang

Ben Klepacki

Krista Lauridsen

Chantelle Little

Aaron Logan

Adam Martinson

Renee Matsalla

Jayme Minor

Husein Moloo

Daniel Monzon

Anna Murphy

Toyin Lafenwa Oladele

Maxim Olshevsky

David Oulton

Kathryn Pearce

Jacqueline Peterson

Steven Ross

Julie Rubin

Ishita Singla

Chaz Smith

Cassie Suche

Jared Darcy Tailfeathers

Brodie Thomas

Benjamin Tutolo

Andrea Urquhart

Ashley Wanamaker

Steven Yip

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This article appears in the November 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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