Susannah Israel 

    The visual parade of urban life is my source for inspiration. Crisp and vivid or fleeting and fugitive, the montage of images provides me with rich reference material in the studio. The figure takes the center stage, as narrator, actor and symbol. 
     My artistic practice is a fusion of planning, process, and discovery. I begin with a series of drawings to develop a concept; I make notes about clay color, and finishes; when working directly with the clay material, I stay alert to its expressive possibilities. 
     My approach is a combination of practiced skill and reckless disregard for convention. I  sacrifice lifelike anatomy to questions of composition and gesture. I use both high and low-fire clays. I am a confirmed alchemist, always testing new formulas. I use any material with clay - paint, metal, found objects - that serve the idea. I've often said  "Use all your options," and I actually do take my own advice. 

 from perception to realization

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"Susannah Israel uses color

as a vital part of each composition, and is a master at creating work

full of imaginative gesture

and meaning."          

Natalie Nelson, Pence Gallery

"Susannah Israel’s “Le Sacre du Printemps,” vibrantly hot-hued and textured with saturated color spilling from the figure’s hands onto a primitive piano keyboard, bears a startling resemblance to its surroundings.

The Oakland artist’s intuitive storytelling approach, translated into three-dimensions, “is intended to celebrate and serenade the garden setting.”

                                          Lou Fancher


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