“It may be through contrasts and antitheses that Susanna Lakner’s image building techniques can best be characterized. Generous clarity and meticulousness; free playfulness and discipline; rich emotions and decent ironies; bewildering leaps and accuracy to the millimetre; a disarming plurality of thought and material as opposed to inexorable coherence. And on top of all that, despite the infinite thematic variety and the choice of material from age-old paper antiquities through today’s newspapers, as well as the incredible divergence of formats and approaches, the end result is invariably an unmistakable a Lakner collage. And in it, evidently, in a self-explanatory manner, everything has fallen into its right place. Next, we see it along all other sheets, cards, fold-outs, boxes, notebooks, and books rise to a custom sector in Planet Susannia, a universe built upon consistency coupled with freedom, where an impressive and beautiful entirety is becoming more and more complete in spite of its inherent unfinishability.
–Ervin Zsubori, Képírás Art Magazine, 2016
Susanna Lakner was born in Budapest, Hungary. After her high school diploma, she completed an apprenticeship in the printing industry and studied typography and graphic design at the Academy of Applied Arts (today Moholy-Nagy University) in Budapest. She worked for some years as a packaging designer.
Since 1989, she has lived in Stuttgart, Germany and makes collages, found object assemblages, artist books, and artistamps. In 2000, she founded the non-profit mail art assembling magazine 22.
Her publications and works can be found in international archives and several private collections.