Art at the Co-op
Currently on exhibit at an Outpost Cafe near you!
Outpost Capitol Drive
This exhibit is showcasing my fruit and vegetable photographs that represent the bountiful harvests around the United States. Many people turn a small patch of soil into their very own gardens. There are large and small gardens and orchards all over our country. In this exhibit, I am showcasing some of the foods from those gardens.
These Kitchen Art Portraits are about looking at the foods we eat from all different angles. I make the food the star, bringing out the detail of the food in each photo. When photographing these food portraits, it’s all about the lighting that helps bring out the shape, form, texture and visual information. I like to keep my images clean, natural and uncomplicated. I always use fresh subjects, full of detail and ready to be eaten.
I consider many of these photographs in the style of minimalism where less is more. Rather than have a lot of color and patterns, I focus on one particular subject allowing the viewer to see this minimal amount of information By including empty space, or negative space in my images, the subject gets the attention it deserves. I am stripping down the scene so that the viewer can focus on the most important elements. Less is more.
Outpost Bay View
Mixed media, assemblage
Most people spent the 1970’s celebrating the “Summer of Love” – me, I was just a kid and instead helped Ray, my next-door neighbor, sell junk at flea markets. I was fascinated by old things like discarded toys, dog eared books, and beat up games with missing pieces. They were still full of life and deserved to be loved and love them I did.
Colorful nostalgic bits from vintage maps to rulers and worn metal buttons to pages torn from children’s books, now find their way into my boxes and clocks where I mix them up by adding original colored pencil and pen drawings. They become something that speaks to my childhood and the longing I continue to have for that simpler time when Ray and I opened the jumbled boxes and set up the market stall in the summer heat.
When I’m not painstakingly gluing maps to old cigar boxes, you can find me at the helm of Outpost Co-op as the general manager, traveling to where the food is good and the beer is cold, cooking from scratch, or planning the next redux of my every evolving garden.
All clocks are functional
Susan is a native of Utah where she grew up in the grandeur of the mountains, canyons and desert... an ideal backdrop for a photographer’s canvas.
She has two degrees: an Associate in Fine Art from Dixie University and one from Utah State University in Advertising, Commercial Design and Photography. Susan founded and directed a program to promote artists at the Cedarburg Artists Guild called "Art on the Move." She is also on the boards of the League of Milwaukee Artists as their Exhibitions Chair, The Friends of Villa Terrace Decorative Arts and West Bend’s Roots and Branches as their Programs Chair.
Susan and her family have lived in Wisconsin for 39 years. Her husband is a third generation family member at Steinhafels Furniture and are both active members of the community.