Thursday, April 5, 2012
Art Quilts Elements: Susan Else
I was intrigued...how in heaven's name does she do these? At quilt National I spent quite a bit of time looking at the little pieces with elaborate quilting...the feet and hands are just amazing. Fortunately, there was a brief moment when I could ask her if I could take this picture and find out how she did it....She is most obliging.
Susan quilts the little pieces then hand sews the segments onto the armature. Yes...I'm embarrassed to say that this it how my thinking went: "Wow! Day of the Dead Skeletons! I love her colors....but HOW did she DO that?" I do adore the bright colors she uses....they are my favorites, turquoises, lime greens, red, cobalt blue...all bringing you in to look closer. It should have been all about the art...but here I was, hung up on the technicality of construction. Susan says that she views the quilted cloth as skin, I think she infuses magic into her pieces because they live....You look at them and they are leaping and bounding....they are thinking little creatures...and all quite amazing.
"Forever Yours" has the wonderful ability to communicate a tenderness and loving feeling that one realizes can extend beyond death....No wonder she won a prize at Art Quilt Elements....and I regret to say, I am not sure which one because the room was so packed that I was left in the outer room and couldn't hear a thing what was going on in the other.....
Susan does a variety of sculptures, some of them with flesh....actually, I think more of her pieces have flesh than not....they are amusing, thought provoking, and fun. All of them have that same wonderfully bright palette.
Please go and check out her other work and her artists statement here. You'll be very happy you did.