Susan Washington grew up in Brooklyn in a creative family. Her Japanese godmother taught her Sumi ink painting when she was five years old, which was the beginning of a life involved in art and fashion. She worked in the fashion industry in New York for 15 years before relocating to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania where she currently creates art alongside her husband, British artist Stephen Washington.
Washington incorporates textile, thread, and vintage paper into her painted collage works, producing surfaces layered with textures, rich colors, and expressive line work. Her influences include the work of the early Synthetic Cubists, Abstract Expressionists and the St. Ives School. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally.
“My recent work continues the exploration of shapes that originate in tailoring pattern pieces,” says Washington. “My works over time have become more structural in their compositions. I utilize textile cutouts which have been previously sewn and/or painted. I allow threads and frayed edges to act as ‘painterly’ gestures within a loose grid of contrasting shapes that jostle for position across the canvas. I enjoy the tensions where shapes meet and create negative space or where color overlaps and interacts.”
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