E. Stroudsburg, PA
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's work is now collected internationally and she is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and the UK.
The new series of works has evolved from the previous collections (Deconstructed and Threads) using dress pattern shapes and mark-making from tailoring patterns to create new compositions suggestive of urban and aerial landscapes. Unlike previous works in textile, the new series is created with oil paint sticks, using only fingers and palette knives to manipulate the paint, creating a fresh new dense surface in contrast to the previous flat textile surface. I encourage exploration of relationships between shapes and edges, which find new meaning as expressive line and I invite the viewer to consider the relationships between the elements assisted by graphical prompts.