Susan Newmark
Medium: Collage and Mixed Media

Studio Location:
574 President Street
Studio # Strong Rope Brewery

Phone: 917-270-1675



Artist Bio:
Susan Newmark has had solo exhibitions at the Figureworks Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Garrison Art Center in Garrison Landing, NY, the Grand Army Plaza Library in Brooklyn, and the galleries of Long Island University, John Jay University and St. John's University. Her work was selected shows at the Southampton Cultural Center in Long Island, St. Joseph's College, and the Brooklyn Museum, the Parrish Museum, the Islip Museum, Brooklyn College, the Center for Book Arts, and Gallery North in Setauket, N.Y. She has had residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, the Women's Studio Workshop and the Byrdcliff Arts Center, and is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Lower East Side Printshop, the Center for Book Arts, and the Bio Medical Library of the University of Southern California. She was the guest curator for Rare Editions: The Book as Art at Lehman College Art Gallery, CCNY, and was the Deputy Director for the Visual Arts and Arts-in-Education at the Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement. She coordinated Dialogues in the Visual Arts, a series of conversations with artists, at the Brooklyn Public Library and Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and teaches collage and mixed media to adults. She was a board member of the Center for Book Arts and Elders Share the Art, and is on the advisory committee of the Kentler International Drawing Space.

Artist Statement:
My recent work on paper explores narrative and storytelling through the creation of imaginary landscapes integrated with abstract elements and found papers from popular culture, wallpaper, wrapping paper, magazines, newspapers, comics, my own photographs, ribbon, and acrylic paint. My layering process begins as an improvisation and an appreciation of how torn posters on subway and building walls reveal layers of memory as the disparate parts unravel and unexpected realities emerge. Through this additive process and the juxtaposition of the abstract and the representational, my surfaces become interwoven networks and dense webs of vision not unlike our packed urban environment. The work constantly changes and fractures as papers are repeatedly added, sanded, painted, and repainted. The distressed surfaces, the fragile female images and the other figurative, floral and textural forms contain their own associations and histories as they fuse with fields of color, form and pattern. My Tattoo Series reflects my fascination with this ancient multi-cultural form of personal expression, symbolism and identity.

All images and text copyright Susan Newmark