Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Susan Mania

Susan Mania

Painting

Through the observation of form, color and growth in the natural world, in the working of the garden and stewardship of woodlands and stream, dynamic movements are revealed. All that is presented here; the cycles of plants, animal migrations and the coming and going of the seasons present a multitude of ordered and ever changing relationships that form the conceptual ground for my work. Many natural forms arise, such as milkweed pods, the flying propellers of the maple seed or the roots of fallen trees. A witness to the habits of local animals or changes in weather make visible what at first may not be seen, but can be expressed through artistic observation. Bound together all these impressions coalesce in an energetic sensation that tells a story of connection, relationships and movement.

My work is an interpretation of that experience, not a direct rendering or actual description, but a process that is intuitive and carries within it a sense of place. Observations are presented in a non-direct way in an effort to reveal and discover the miraculous in the common, and make the inherent connections with our own human striving. Work is primarily executed in oil paint, fiber collage and water color. From a back-ground in fiber arts I employ rich surface textures that are woven into the works’ narrative. Individual components of line and form are re-mixed and organized to bring a new composition and color reality. Each textual element vibrates with its own history and mirror those found in the natural setting; textiles that have been re-purposed serve as a distilled mark from the past. In the making of art in the studio meaning is born out and process is an act of uncovering.