My current mixed media works based on abstracted urban landscapes that reference my long involvement in fashion and textiles. I rip and cut and re-assemble painted textile into compositions that explore the relationships between shapes, where loose threads and torn edges find new meaning as expressive line. The series explores the addition of painterly mark-making and occasionally graphic elements within a collage surface using American, French and Japanese vintage dress patterns.
The series takes on a somewhat cubist approach of representing all sides of an object through alluding to the pattern or plan which the object is first created. I invite the viewer to consider the relationships between the elements assisted by graphical prompts. The paintings can also be read as aerial views of urban development where space is compressed and the viewer's navigation between structures are either prompted or impeded
My painted series has evolved from the previous collection using dress pattern shapes as a template for my new compositions. These images suggest figures which appear mechanical because the origins are templates for the tailoring of second skins. The robotic features in my work appear to be self-assembling from the components which I use to create.
There is a strong narrative running through Susan Washington's work that references her long involvement with collage, textiles, fashion and art.
She comes from a family of artists and by age 5 Susan was tutored in the art of origami and sumi ink drawing by her Japanese godmother as well as water colors from her father. She spent her teens deconstructing dressmaking as a punk fashionista. Washington then went to work in the NYC fashion industry for 15 years until relocating to the Poconos where she commuted into DUMBO Brooklyn, working for an art publishing company.
After several years she decided to pursue her own love of the arts and creating and began working towards her degree in fine art after which she traveled to London where she spent her time working under the guidance of artist/photographer Stephen Washington. They fell in love, married and both relocated to the States where they have a studio together in the Pocono Mountains.
Susan has continued to push her own boundaries, re-inventing her own work with each piece and carrying something new to the next, unafraid of exploring while continuing to keep a cohesive thread, recognizably her own.
Susan work is now collected internationally and she is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and the UK.
Featured "In The Studio" on Saatchi Art 2/2016
Featured in multiple collections by the curators of Saatchi Art
3/2018 Lachaise Gallery at Cedar Crest University - solo show
9/2017 COTA Festival of the Arts - First place
7/2017 Connexions Gallery Summer Exhibition
4/2017 Affordable Art Fair NYC | Artspace Warehouse LA
3/2017 Joint show with artist Will Rothfuss @ Mezz Gallery
3/2017 MAD Exhibition | Easton State Theater
2/2017 Madelon Powers Gallery, East Stroudsburg University |
X-scape- Deconstructing the urban and pastoral landscape
11/2016 Cherry Bomb - Brick and Mortar Gallery
7/2016 Imaginary Rooms | Artspace Warehouse
4/2016 "Threads" Solo Show, Connexions Gallery, Easton PA
12/2016 Good Company, Brick & Mortar
10/2015 Hello Allentown (Large works), Re:find
7/2015 Connexions Gallery, Summer Show, Easton PA
7/2015 Bethlehem House Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
8/2015 Dutot Museum
9/2015 Atkinson Art Center, Southport, United Kingdom
5/2015 Untraveled - Pocono Community Theater with Stephen Washington
3/2015 Connexions Gallery, Spring Show, Easton PA
12/2014 - 2/22/15 Connexions Gallery, Group Show Easton PA
2/2015 Degrees of Abstraction, Group Show, Stroudsburg
11/2014 Art Space Gallery Solo Show
2014 Castle Inn Gallery, Delaware Water Gap
in conjunction with COTA Jazz Fest
7/2014 Summer group show at Soho In The Burg, Stroudsburg, PA
5/2014 Les Art, Stroudsburg, PA
3/2014 The Living Room group show, Stroudsburg PA
1/2014 Castle Inn Gallery, Delaware Water Gap
2/2013 The Red Show, Backstreet Studio, Stroudsburg PA
2013 - Project Street Art, working with painter, Stephen Washington on a mural.
David Hoey, Owner DENK Gallery, LA
Michael Daks, Paris College of Art, formerly Parsons Paris
Santa Bannon - Santa Bannon Fine Art
Russel Marisak, NYC Theater
Peter Stastny, A&C Museum Texas