Susan Siegel, floralia conjures the fragility of nature, that moment of fecundity verging on rot. “It’s this straddling between the two worlds of bloom and withering that my fable like portraits seek to forever cement the importance and status of the subject but incidentally reveal a looming impermanence inherent to all living things.” Since graduating from New York Academy of Art in 2010, Siegel has been building an impressive exhibition history with shows in New York and Los Angeles. Her work is included in Rizzoli’s upcoming book “The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture with text by Donald Kuspit and Irving Sandler.
- Sloan Fine Art
This series of paintings is inspired by the grand tradition of 18th Century Rococo portraiture. Playing with the conventions of formal portraiture, I am interested in revealing the emotional truths that lie behind the artifice of portraits. My subjects, fantastical human-animal hybrids, wander a dreamy and pastoral world, like their Rococo forebears. By anthropomorphizing farm animals, I try to capture vulnerability that is, while animal, still profoundly human. By blurring the lines between animal and human, I explore what traits and characteristics the one shares with the other. I seek a delicate balance between the opaque and the revealed form by bringing an image into focus while simultaneously dissolving it. - Artist Susan Siegel
Susan Siegel’s small, jewel-like works reimagine the typical rococo portraits; lush and vibrant landscapes host elegantly dressed human-animal hybrids, perhaps revealing more personality beneath the artifice of costume and comportment. - Art-Rated
Susan Siegel will be featured in the new next print issue of Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art Magazine (which arrives in July).
New York Academy of Art
June 19 - July 12 2014
Opening Reception Thursday June 19, 6-8pm
We are thrilled to be hosting the Eighth Annual Summer Exhibition of the New York Academy of Art. The selection has been curated by Matthew Flowers, Managing Director of Flowers Gallery, Laura Hoptman, curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and Patterson Sims, President of the Board of Independent Curators International. The show includes a diverse range of paintings, drawings and sculptures, shortlisted from over 700 works submitted by the Academy’s acclaimed and emerging artist constituency. Representing what’s new in the world of figurative art, the exhibition aims to create a visual dialog that disrupts expectations.
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