Susan Emilie Siefer
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, BA, Fine Arts and Art History
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, MFA, Textile Design and Weaving
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA Graphic Design Cert.
ABOUT THE PAINTING
Layering. Atmospheric. Patterned Surfaces. Inside. Outside.
These are the elements that are created in my new series of mixed media paintings on canvas and board. I am interested in the evolution of change itself, modern and decaying decorative walls, printed and woven fabrics in time, the play of light, color and metallics. A lush cacophony of texture.
I build up and peel back. The walls become my door, traveling through the illusion of time. There is a sense of juxtaposition, bringing disparate parts together.
The materials I use are acrylic and oil paint; metallic and polished plasters; cold waxes; gel medium; textured paper and mesh; charcoal; gold, silver, copper leaf; stencils; fabric; gold thread; pieces of my original handweaving.
I have been particularly inspired by my painting trips to Morocco as well as my many years as a textile artist and weaver.
I usually work on canvas flat on the wall and later mount the pieces on board.
Please contact me directly for prices and custom painting requests.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
When Susan began studio painting again after a three decade hiatus, she knew where she would start. She was involved in vibrant art communities first in Detroit (as a fiber artist) and later in Boston as a painter, having a serious studio practice, exhibiting and teaching workshops. As life took twists and turns and new opportunities, Susan spent 25 years in the interior design and decorative painting world. She worked with many designers and clients creating innovative paint finishes in homes and businesses. Coming to the business with an artists' sensibility, her particular talent was in the creative approach to product and application.
In 2013, Susan immersed herself in her artwork, first taking a workshop with artist Barbara Moody at Montserrat College of Art. Her second breakthrough came with another workshop at Montserrat in 2014 with Tim Hawkesworth. It was here she relearned the art of the mark and began work that was a compilation of her past, yet asked the question - what is next?
Susan still uses many of the materials and techniques she mastered during her time as a decorative painter, venetian plasters, waxes, trowelled surfaces, heavy textures, patterns, gold and silver leaf.
Much of Susan's art is sold through commissions and the relationships she has maintained through the retail and design community.
Susan has shown locally at the Bromfield Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is represented by Amy Dutton Home in Kittery, ME
Susan's work has also been exhibited at the York Designer Showhouse and the Boston Design Center at the Innovation and Design Building.
Susan continues her studio practice in full force after attending an artist residency in Bennington,Vermont. She works daily in an established artists studio loft building in Waltham, Ma where she continues on her larger scale paintings.
Custom and commission work inquiries welcome.