Susan Stainman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up as the daughter of an art historian in New York City, she was surrounded by art and art history from early on. After earning a degree in American Studies from Brown University in 2002, she changed directions and locations and moved to London, UK where she received a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art. Susan has since returned to New York City and is currently a fellow at A.I.R. Gallery in Dumbo.
I use my hands to manipulate fabrics, repeating simple sewing gestures to restrict the material and yet through this restriction, to add structure and vibrancy. Utilizing other elements alongside my fabrics, such as Plexiglass and steel, I allow the soft and the strong to be in dialogue. My fluorescent colors reference childhood, specifically the idea of play and the immediacy of childlike experiences. I am interested in how, in proximity, color, form, and space inform and intensify emotional qualities. My use of bright colors, embodied forms, and tactility are a means of creating physical and emotional responses within my work, and a way to draw attention to the body; specifically the physical, emotional and sexual body.
b. 1980, New York, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY