Susan Lenz

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“Red Carpet Dress”

Using vintage and recycled materials, textile artist, Susan Lenz, works with meticulous handwork to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things. ”  I seek a partnership with my materials, their purposes, values, and familiar associations”, she states.

My grandmother attempted to teach me embroidery at the age of 8 yrs. old. using a pre-printed doily and a handful of floss. Nothing I did was quite right. Repeatedly, my hand was slapped and the stitches removed. Later that same year, my Girl Scout Brownie troop leader taught embroidery techniques using a pre-printed cross stitch of a radish. Mine was considered poor due to the mess of threads on the reverse side. How I ever found my way back to needle and thread is a mystery!

These truths are always with me: I am a woman artist without an academic arts education in a male dominated world bent on high-brow approaches to art-making underscored with critical words written by trained professionals. I am a post-menopausal woman with years of experience and mountains of visual expressions waiting to take form. I work and will continue to work because I have something to say in spite of the many obstacles. I work with the faint hope that “something”, perhaps just one little work of art, might be kept through coming generations, cherished … admired … remembered … regarded for its quality … something to mark my existence on this planet. I work because … I AM NOT INVISIBLE.

Jessica CadkinBridget CatchpoleWendy Davis Val GalvinAnna Gustafson
Barbara HellerEmily JanRachelle LeBlanc Susan Lenz  Leisa Rich
Bettina MatzkuhnAmy MeissnerJohanna NorryPaulina OritzJudith Selby Lang
Dimitra SkandaliKatherine Soucie Diana Weymar Dora WilsonAlejandra Zermeno
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