My work is in a constant state of evolution.
I create to bring my own visions into the physical world to share with others & for the challenges I face when doing so. What I visualize often changes as it progresses into reality. It gives me problems to solve, unknown territory to charter, decisions to make and consequences to face from those decisions. I like exploration and discovery and my new series of works gives me these opportunities.
My current series explores the balance of shape and space, some of the pieces are informed by my past working in fashion, large tailoring patterns are painted onto the surface: arm holes, bodices, necklines. I deconstruct them, rather than creating a garment, I keep
them separated and then pull them together with another past infusion of memories of ripping origami paper and creating collages with my Japanese Godmother. Only now I use oil paint through the dress patterns, in a way to “sew” or connect them together. Other works in the series are based on the same concept where I connect to my subconscious and each mark informs the next. I accomplish this with larger, expressive and intuitive mark-making using thick oil. After my marks are down, I reinvestigate the canvas with elements of collage using my own old ripped paintings and textile. Many of these paintings are monochromatic as I focus on my composition with large confident marks, without the distraction of color. Eventually small vibrant strokes of color do find their way into the painting but only as reinforcement to the overall composition.
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, working with artist/photographer Stephen Washington. They fell in love, he 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's work is now collected internationally and she is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and the UK. Her work can also be seen at Holly Hunt in NYC.
Featured "In The Studio" on Saatchi Art 2/2016
Featured in multiple collections by the curators of Saatchi Art
12/2018 M David & Co Gallery, Brooklyn NY | Group Show
12/2018 Corner's Gallery, Ithaca NY, Holiday Exhibition
7/2018 Open Spectrum | Banana Factory
3/2018 Lachaise Gallery at Cedar Crest University | WARMER
1/2018 Connexions Gallery Seasonal Exhibition
12/2018 Brick & Mortar Gallery - Holiday group exhibition
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
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