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Susan Springer Anderson's body of work ranges from printmaking to sculpture and encompasses a myriad of mediums in between. Whatever the method, she explores the specific qualities of her medium and materials as a means of weaving together diverse layers of human experience. At the start of each new piece, she holds in one hand the tension between blessing and pain in family life; and in the other hand, the full range of possible line qualities, from sinuous to rigid. She then goes to work binding them together, seeking a visual synergy that allows the formal to embody the emotional, and the emotional to enliven the formal. As a result, her pieces are both explorations of formal composition- the sheer enjoyment of line against color and texture juxtaposed with shape - and physical representations of the deeply personal journeys of growing into one's identity and encountering and grappling with doubt. Artistic playfulness, emotional expression, spiritual reflection - it’s all in the mix.
Visually, her largely abstract pieces include references to the urban environments of Los Angeles and New York where she has resided for the last 18 years. These references are held in balance with allusions to her penchant for gardening and the respite and rebirth of wonder she finds in nature. Homages to stained concrete and mirrored glass mix with pieces that incorporate materials - such as grape vine and spanish moss - scavenged from nature. Such encounters between traditional and non-traditional, artificial and natural materials occur throughout her work, making each piece a unique celebration of art's capacity to express the beauty and pain of living in ever-surprising ways.
Her work has shown in juried gallery shows, solo features and in non-traditional spaces in Southern California, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Indiana, North Carolina and Washington D.C. She is a graduate of Anderson University in Indiana with a B.A. in Graphic Design and a working emphasis in sculpture. She studied design at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. In 2010 she was a Queens Community Art Fund grant recipient for her project "Art: From the Garden to the Walls." She also received a Puffin Grant in 2017 for her project at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Ca, "Ashes & Stains." She is the Artist in Residence at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Pacifica Palisades since 2018. She is currently based in Los Angeles, California.
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