My work in clay has always been about seeking to understand my place in the world. With clay I explore my secrets, dreams, fears, hopes, and my questions. Using animal and figural images, I tell stories about being alone and together, about yearning for both solitude and connection, about dreaming and waiting, and about hoping for community.
The three-dimensionality of clay enables me to create real spaces within and outside of which I can tell these stories. These stories float between and around the figures, charging the spaces with energy and unresolved tension
After a three-decade career of teaching art in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, after raising a family and doing justice work for disenfranchised people from sub-Saharan Africans to those with AIDS and those standing in our soup kitchen lines, Susan retired to Putney, Vermont, with her husband and dog. In this small town she discovered a town rich with people building vibrant communities and working for justice for all, whether it be in food security, climate and energy issues, or homelessness and, now, asylum seekers.
"Now I know that, instead of waiting and hoping, searching for personal sanctuary, I must act. My concern is social justice, and my way forward is through my art, traveling with people who seek only to become fully whoever each yearns to be.”
Susan received her MA in Art from Montclair University in 1992. Studied with Pat Lay at the University of Delaware from 1969-1970 and with Victor Spinski. Her work is in several collections including the Delaware Art Museum, Purchase Prize, Ato Chem El Aquataine, Philadelphia, PA , and Montclair State University.