Susan Springer Anderson, Artist
by Lisa A. Fraser
Aug 01, 2011 | 3793 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Susan Springer Anderson’s life has always been integrated with art. Growing up, a pastime involved making things with her grandparents, who owned a craft shop.

“It’s something that has been integrated in my life for as long as I can remember,” she said.

So, it’s not a surprise that she is now making her own creations, and profiting from some of them.

Anderson, a Wisconsin native who now resides in Jackson Heights, is known in various art communities for her unique creations of armature assemblage sculptures, made from chicken wire and known for their feminine form and ambiguous age and ethnicity. She is also known for her mixed-media creations and collage paintings, something that she recently jumped back into.

From sculptures that depict the female form made using only chicken wire and other natural materials such as leaves for clothing, to paintings of blue birds and even hand-made journals, Anderson is never afraid to use her imagination.

Last fall, her sculptures were featured in a solo exhibition, Art: From the Garden to the Walls, at the Queens Botanical Garden. She also participated in the Triangle Fire Remembered Project, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the triangle shirtwaist fire.

Although she is still working on sculptures she is focusing her efforts on painting and enlarging her skill.

Her collage-style works reflect her view of including everything into a piece. “I like to have a lot of stuff in my paintings,” she said. Parts and pieces from different parts of her life compose the mixed-media pieces.

This kind of composition, she says also makes the art accessible to a wider range of audiences. She believes that no matter who the audience, they should be able to have access to art and to afford it.

Anderson recently opened her Etsy.com store called, Delicate Utility.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she said of the store.

The term “delicate utility” is a phrase Anderson says she’s been working with for a long time.

“The dichotomy between the two words gets me,” she said. “We use a lot of utilitarian objects – the chicken wire and paper such as tissue or coffee filters. I put a twist on them and I look at how I could manipulate them to become delicate and to be perceived differently.”

It is something that also translates into her paintings. “It’s important to not only use things manufactured just for the purpose of art making,” she said. “And it makes it more quirky and humorous.”

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