Susan Fecho

Susan Fecho: When I Breathe on Air
October 24, 2022 – November 19, 2022
Artalk: October 24, 2022

 

Artist Statement

The Trousseau Book, flax/cotton papers, linen, cotton, 16x13x12, 2019 The Trousseau Book, flax/cotton papers, linen, cotton, 16"x13"x12", 2019 My recent work is inspired by the natural world - while also responding to the vernacular. On-site influences from botanical specimens, collected vintage items and histories provide ways to connect. Driving subject choices is historic iconography. “As I Breathe on Air” is an excerpt from a letter written by a young woman while traveling in 1910. Exploring the importance of storytelling, I want to image the surfaces placed in space – with increased negative space or forms that lift with layers to see around or through – to suggest memory, imagined sounds and emotions. This selection of mixed media works delight in intricate surfaces, forms and subtle hues to conceal deeper meanings.

Artist Bio

She Did LookToo Cute, mixed media of woodcut, papers, wood, 22x26, 2022 She Did LookToo Cute, mixed media of woodcut, papers, wood, 22”x26”, 2022 Susan Fecho, a resident of historic Tarboro, has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally - and has received numerous awards, grants and residencies. She shares that “storytelling is at the core of my work, with the collaged surface used as a mode of telling stories.” Fecho’s published images have been accepted into several major collections: the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, Washington, D.C.; the Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; and the Museum of Women Artists, Washington, D.C.