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Susan Ziegler
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work explores the intersection of the natural world and urban experience. Through a practice of painting, drawing and printmaking, I am searching for meaningful abstract form through observation. My process begins with drawing and photographing elements in my Brooklyn neighborhood and beyond. The imagery comes from direct observation of elements encountered in daily life, such as cast shadows falling across the sidewalk, ornate ironwork, tangled grasses, and clouds gathering on the horizon. Architectural elements seem to grow, change and take on a kind of animated life of their own while living plants and natural landscape feels both fragile and resilient. Using photos and direct observation as a departure point, I make hundreds of sketches and drawings. My goal in the drawing process is to find an essential abstract form and a sense of animated life force in each element. I try to capture my own emotional response to these fleeting sensations and chance encounters. As they evolve, these drawings form the building blocks for my paintings and mixed media works on paper. In my recent painting and print series I have focused on layering these abstracted elements so that the process is a reflection of the complexity and density of my surroundings.
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  • Hudson
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Hudson II
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Degraw
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Wyckoff
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Verona
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Willoughby
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • St Johns
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Seaview II
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Calyer
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Willets
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper

  • Monotype Series Installation View I
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper
    Installation view of nine works selected from a monotype series of 30.

  • Monotype Series Installation View II
    2016
    Relief Ink on Rives BFK Paper
    Installation view of nine works selected from a monotype series of 30.

  • Shadow Play I
    2016
    Ink, watercolor, gouache on paper

  • Shadow Play II
    2016
    ink, watercolor, gouache on paper

  • Tangled
    2016
    Acrylic on Canvas

  • At the Met
    2016
    Acrylic on Canvas

  • Wind
    2015
    Acrylic on Panel

  • Blue Moon
    2015
    Acrylic on Panel

  • Hiro
    2015
    acrylic on canvas

  • Pickwick
    2015
    acrylic on canvas
 








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