Artist Statement

My current works in the"Deconstructed series" are mixed media paintings that are 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 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.


There is a strong narrative running through Susan Washington's work that references her long involvement with collage, textiles and fashion. She comes from a family of artists and at 5 years old she was tutored in the art of origami and sumi ink drawing by her Japanese Godmother. She spent her teens deconstructing dressmaking as a punk fashionista. Washington then went to work  in the NYC fashion industry for 15 years.

Susan is a native New Yorker who lives and works in the Poconos. She shares studio space with her artist husband, Stephen.  Susan's work has been exhibited internationally, with representation through the Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles, Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago.  Online her works are represented with Nitro Gallery and Saatchi Art. 


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
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
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
Istituto Marangoni
Santa Bannon -   Santa Bannon Fine Art
Russel Marisak, NYC Theater
Peter Stastny, A&C Museum Texas