Painting & Fiber
Susan’s studio will by open by appointment only on Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2.
To schedule a time to visit, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-203-6148.
Susan Mania is an artist working in the Delaware River Valley region of New Jersey. Known for a diverse body of work in painting, collage and fiber arts, her work comes from observations of the local landscape, and its ever changing dynamics. Mania opens herself to nature, observes its forms and explores themes such as the growth cycles of the plant world, effects from severe weather events and the impact from invasive plant growth, in an effort to discover more of nature’s mute secrets. Oil painting and mixed media works employ rich images and textual elements gained from her work with natural dyes, many of which are harvested from the hedgerows and fields of New Jersey. In her 30 years of teaching experience Mania shares her joy of the art making process and its ability to sharpen students observational and communication skills. Through teaching, developing curriculums, conducting workshops and in consultation with artists and institutions her work outside the studio seeks to further an understanding of art as a conduit for individual growth and community engagement.
Mania has exhibited regionally and throughout the United States and served on the faculty of several schools, including The College of New Jersey, The Waldorf School of Princeton and The Princeton Junior School. Mania attended The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, (AAA), The College of New Jersey, (BFA) and Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, (MFA program, textile design). She lives and works on a rural preserve of woodland, stream and organic gardens in Stockton New Jersey.