Susan Gainen: Artist of the Month
Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian
It took several years to identify as a Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian — a mouthful, but true. She is lucky to live on a path and flyway frequented by creatures who stop by her living room studio, sit for portraits, tell their stories, and eat all of the snacks. Fortunately, Model and Muse Max-the-Cat is also the Snacks Manager.
After publishing the fourth creature book, it appeared that they and their art had taken over.
Not so fast. Susan’s comfort zone is tiny shapes in tiny spaces, and abstract painting has been an element in much of her work — including the creatures. It resurfaced in earnest in 2015 with the Friendship: Complicated. Sometimes Messy. Beautiful if you’re lucky series, and the Neighborhoods paintings.
Her artist pals’ reactions to the installation of The World Headquarters of the Flying Pigs in a WARM show at the Bethesda Gallery was instant, and surprising.
They asked, “Ceramic?” She replied, “No, paper.”
Cuts with scissors
When she turned 65, she abandoned all activity requiring either safety equipment or liability waivers including glass or tile cutting or bungee jumping. Clearly, people saw ceramic tile in these paper pigs. It was a short leap from pigs to tile.
Park in the ramp and get 1-1/2 hours free parking with a merchant stamp.
Monday at the Art Shoppe: 10% off everything.
Gift certificates available.