Bio, Statement, & CV
Susan Breitsch was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child she attended art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She remembers a rare gift from her father of an easel and paints. But despite a love of color, she never had any confidence as a painter. In 1979, after getting degrees in Sociology and Ceramics, she enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Art, finishing in 1982 with a major in Sculpture. She went on to obtain an MFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. In 1984, after spending the summer at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, she moved to NYC where she worked in her Brooklyn studio, and exhibited occasionally. In the summer of 2017, after losing her Greenpoint studio, she moved to Philadelphia where she presently works in a studio set up in her apartment in Mt. Airy. Susan made 3-D work for many years after finishing art school, but since 2004 she has been making collages almost exclusively.
I make collages using images from other people’s art. I find the images in books, galleries, museums, etc. and either scan or photograph them, and “curate” them with other art images, altering them in Photoshop. Once finalized, I print them on art paper, cut them out, and paste them down on paper or museum board. Then I usually alter them additionally with colored pencil or paint, or occasionally yarn, fabric, or found objects. Sometimes I revise them years after thinking they were finished. With the exception of the “Painter Man” collages, I don’t make series. I just begin working with what piques my interest, sometimes after combing through art books. I work on multiple pieces at the same time that are very different visually and conceptually. I don’t see myself as having a “style” except to the extent that the same process is used throughout. The resulting works are political, personal, funny, or dark as they unfold. They aren’t meant to be a commentary on the art they are borrowed from, except to say, “I love where you came from, one and all, and thanks for existing.”