Susan Siefer

Artist Statement

 

My art practice has always involved pushing the boundaries of materials. Early on as a weaver, I explored the three dimensional sculptural possibilities of industrial and metallic threads. During my many years as a residential and commercial surface designer, my painted walls, ceilings and floors suggested a fine art sensibility. My current work is a culmination of these disciplines. I reference the raggedness of time passed as well as the present world in which we live with a visual rawness.

 

Beginning with a dance around the canvas with charcoal, these marks sometimes remain visible through the layers as I build up the textured surface. I find stories in old walls and treasured rugs. My work is often influenced by my several Moroccan trips.

 

 As I work, I travel through the illusion of time and place of the old and the new. I approach my paintings as visual memoirs as these memories become non- representational marks on the surface. I invite the viewer to interpret their own recollection of place.

 

These are some of the materials I use: acrylic paint, oil sticks, venetian polished and metallic plaster, metallic leaf, charcoal, thread. cold waxes, stencils, trowels, rope, brushes, hands, canvas, paper.

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Artist Statement

Susan Siefer

Artist Statement

 

My art practice has always involved pushing the boundaries of materials. Early on as a weaver, I explored the three dimensional sculptural possibilities of industrial and metallic threads. During my many years as a residential and commercial surface designer, my painted walls, ceilings and floors suggested a fine art sensibility. My current work is a culmination of these disciplines. I reference the raggedness of time passed as well as the present world in which we live with a visual rawness.

 

Beginning with a dance around the canvas with charcoal, these marks sometimes remain visible through the layers as I build up the textured surface. I find stories in old walls and treasured rugs. My work is often influenced by my several Moroccan trips.

 

 As I work, I travel through the illusion of time and place of the old and the new. I approach my paintings as visual memoirs as these memories become non- representational marks on the surface. I invite the viewer to interpret their own recollection of place.

 

These are some of the materials I use: acrylic paint, oil sticks, venetian polished and metallic plaster, metallic leaf, charcoal, thread. cold waxes, stencils, trowels, rope, brushes, hands, canvas, paper.

Sections