Suus Agnes is an author-illustrator and comics artist with a background in science communication, literary studies, and beekeeping. Her work takes a particular interest in environmental ethics. She has been published in New Zealand, Australia and on online platforms, and exhibited in galleries and comics festivals locally and internationally, including in Russia, Canada, the UK and the Netherlands. Recent solo exhibitions and publications include “Connect: Ecological Comics” (2017), Saint Petersburg, Russia, and "Parasite: Viewed With a Willing Eye", Dunedin, New Zealand.
As a PhD candidate at the Centre for Sustainability, Otago University, she currently works on visual poems and narratives about 'unloved' biodiversity, to explore how our lives are entangled with microcommunities of invertebrates, moss, and fungi; and challenging the idea of humans at the center of the universe.
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I like to look for the outer boundaries of what constitutes a comic: my work breaks free from the perfect square panels. I love expressions that combine painting, poetry, and/or natural history as if they never needed to be separated — medieval miniatures, bestiaries, and early 20th century avant garde fire my imagination.
The uncomfortable, the wondrous, the underdog. I'm interested in questions of self — never in isolation; always enabled by other creatures and earth processes.
Then there are dreams, odd observations, the beauty in the mundane, and life’s absurdity.