Susan Harris

I have been an active artist in Maplewood for 25 years. After working in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator in magazine publishing, I am currently in my fifteenth year of teaching art to children, teens and adults at Art Studio Now. I am inspired by all of the students I teach and an incredibly creative family. Recent work consists of intimate, accessibly abstract, painted assemblages on canvas and in boxes referencing Russian Constructivism, propaganda posters and the overwhelmingly frightening daily news I find myself unable to escape. Using vivid colors of red and blue taken from the Russian flag, relationships are built between geometric shapes, letter forms and numbers. Russian words are hand lettered, translating to recurring phrases I read and think about. The letter forms speak to my love of typography and past life as a graphic designer. A new series based on my life in Maplewood: Familiar Viewpoints has just begun. Gouache paintings on paper are narrative and representational in style and include local imagery. I’ve exhibited at West Orange Arts Council, Arts Unbound, 1978 Gallery, The Framing Mill, Gas Gallery and annually at the SOMA Artist Studio Tour. My work is held in many private collections. BFA from Kansas City Art Institute.

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