For over thirty years Susan Shie has been producing art on cloth that mixes the personal and the political. Her distinct method of working combines narrative, drawing, and writing into large-format, highly graphic art quilts. Her imagery combines the immediacy of street-art with the depth of personal journal keeping.
In this lecture Susan will talk about how her work has developed over her lifetime. Beginning with narrative interests in art-making from childhood, she incorporated new techniques during college and grad school and has refined her approach throughout her professional art career. Her processes have shifted as she added sewing to her painting as a feminist choice. In the end, her life’s work is a body of stories of the life around her—an ongoing series of illustrations of how art and life can be one.
Susan Shie participates in a number of exhibitions each year that take her work all over the world. She has received awards for her work including the Quilt Surface Design International Award for Excellence in Fiber (2009, 2007, and 2004). In addition she has twice been the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.