Not My Grandfather's Drive-In Movie | collage, 20" x 16"
Art In America? | collage, 20" x 16"
Lush Life | collage, 20" x 16"
At The Dentist | collage, 20" x 16"
Sad Clown | collage, 20" x 16"
Dreamboat | collage, 20" x 16"
Self-Portrait As Someone Else | collage, 20" x 16"
Watching—Not Watching | collage, 20" x 16"
What's Happened To The Duchess? | collage, 16" x 20"
American School | collage, 16" x 20"
Livin' La Vida Loca | collage, 16" x 20"
St. Lucien | collage, 20" x 16"
Hot And Cool | collage, 20" x 16"
Jackie No | collage, 20" x 16"
Studio Envy—Model | collage, 20" x 16"
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Master Painter | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Bonny Painter | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Super Cheap Painter | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Always Leaning On A Star 2 | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Comfortable With Danger | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
A Head of Her Time | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Fear of the Future | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
St. Sebastian | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Shooter | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Cruel Power | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Weighty Matter | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
Art Dump | mixed media collage, 16" x 20"
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Member Portfolio

Susan Breitsch

Philadelphia, PA

Résumé

Artist Statement

I make collages using images from other people’s art. I cull the images from 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 sequins, glitter, yarn, fabric, or found objects. Sometimes I revise them years after thinking they were finished. With a couple exceptions, 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.”

Artist Biography

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. She presently lives and works in Philadelphia. Although Susan spent the early part of her career primarily making sculpture, since 2004 she has been making collages almost exclusively.

Education

1984
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
MFA, Sculpture
1982
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
BFA, Sculpture

Bibliography

Litt, Steven. "Review of CIA Alumni Exhibit," Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 2019.
Plitt, Allison. "Paste Up," Jackson Heights Times, March 2011.
"'Medium Rare' at Sarah Bowen Gallery," Art on Paper, Sept/Oct, 2005.
"'Lust' at Fe Gallery," Pittsburgh City Paper; December 10, 2003.
"At Fe Gallery Lust Makes Attractive Exhibit," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; December 6, 2003.
"Prurient Pieces of Art," Pulp, December 11, 2003.
"New Views on Contemporary Civilization and Its Discontents," New York Times, June 20, 1993.

Exhibitions

Alumni Exhibit, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Recipient of Jan R. Lewis Award
New Now II, InLiquid at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Fear, The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Let’s Connect 2018, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
American Undone, Mount Airy Art Garage at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Onward, Outsider Art Fair 2018, Booth P5, New York, NY
Dump Trump, Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Nation V, Thru the Rabbit Hole, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sideshow Nation III, Circle the Wagons; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sideshow Nation II, At the Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Mic Check/Occupy, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
It’s All Good/Apocalypse Now, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Babel, Queens Media Arts Development, Jackson Heights, NY
Botanica, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
Curator: Mary Birmingham
Make Believe, New Jersey State University, Jersey City, NJ
It’s a Wonderful 10th, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
It’s a Wonderful Life, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Your Documents Please, Traveling Exhibition, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan; Hungary; Slovakia; Mexico; Germany; New York, Ny
RealForm window, Brooklyn, NY
Curator: David Gibson
Impossible Bottle, P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, NY
Peace, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA
Happily Ever After, Canco Gallery (ProArts Org), Jersey City, NJ
99 cents, Jersey City Museum and Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ
War Is Over Again, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Inside/Out, Byrdcliffe Art Colony, Woodstock, NY
The Artful Jackson Heights, Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY
Flatfiles, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Flatfiles, Pierogi Gallery, The Armory Show, New York, NY
Medium Rare, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
draw_drawing, London Biennale, The Foundry, London
Coordinator: Giacomo Picca
Warm Worlds & Otherwise, Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY
Lust, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
A Collaborative Fusion, 450 Broadway, New York, NY
Im & IL Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Size Matters, Gale Gates Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
A House for a Home, Hamburg, Germany
Living With It, New York, NY
Artist in the Marketplace, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
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