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Islip Art Museum

"New York Bound: International Book Art Biennial"Curated by Dorothea FleissSeptember 22 - December 29, 2013
Two of my books were selected for this exhibitionat Islip Art Museum, New York. I am excited that my newest book structures and handmade papers will be on view.   This is one of them.

The Test

I HUNG my verses in the wind, Time and tide their faults may find. All were minnowed through and through, Five lines lasted sound and true; Five were smelted in a pot Than the South more fierce and hot; These the siroc could not melt, Fire their fiercer flaming felt, And the meaning was more white Than July's meridian light. Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know. Have you eyes to find the five Which five hundred did survive?The Test by Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1861

Getting it Out!

Today someone asked me how it felt to havecancer.  Was I afraid?  Was treatment painful?How do I stay positive?I was all smiles and positive energy.  Then Icame home and found this image in my old diary.I guess I stay positive because I purge all the anxiety,all the pain,all the fear,all the disappointment,through my art.
Art is therapeutic.


BP: It keeps going up

When Marni, the nurse who took Leif's blood pressure, asked her what type of worries artists have, Lief looked up at the hospital ceiling and tried to hold back the tears. Marni inflated the cuff to restrict Lief's blood flow,  keeping one eye on the sphygmometer, the other on Lief.  "ABC news showed that painting of the man screaming on a bridge.  Sold for 120 million dollars.  Imagine, 120 million dollars for a piece of art?"
"I can't, I mean, I can . . . " Lief coughed.
"My husband said only dead artists get that type of money.  Oh, um, it's going up." Marni takes the cuff off. "I am not sure why it won't go down.  The oncologist will be with you in a few minutes.  Put the gown on with the opening to the front."
Blood Pressure: originalart and story by suzanne coley

Blood Pressure 155/99

An artist's lifeThe doctor told Lief to keep a recordof her day.  Try to calm down.  Not worry too much."What type of worries do artists have?" the nurse asked as she wrapped the  inflatable blood pressure
cuff around Lief's arm.

Rubber stamps and Collagraphs

A few years ago when I was in NYC I fell in love with a rubber stamp of 
a woman wearing a vintage 
leopard print coat and little booties,and I bought it.I made 50 small cards (2.5" x 3.5") with the stampand gave them out.  My name and emailwere printed on the backside.To get the background, I made an 11"x14" collagraph plate from cardboard, fabric, gesso, string, lace and glue.Using a brayer, I randomly inked the collagraph plate with oil based inks.When the plate was completely covered, I placed the cards on top, and pulledthe prints on a printing press. When the cards were dry, I used a blackarchival inking pad and stamped the lady onto the cards.  
This summer I lost the stamp and I only havethese five cards left.  I really like using them as business cards and willprobably make some small prints withmy ink jet printer. 


Blood Pressure: 177 over 111

Letter from a homeless man

Printmaking

The more I make paper, the more I like to create textureswhile making the pulp.Even though I have been embedding threadinto the pulp, embroidering the finishedprint creates interesting effects.



Taz goes to NYC

I tried to capture Taz's beauty, but itwasn't as good as the real thing.
So I imagined him on the NYC trains.

Understanding John Donne

When I moved to Baltimore, my books (aka research library) took up more space than my bedroom, living room and kitchen. Actually, I needed one Uhaul truck  just for my books and art work.
Inside one book were these notes.

Euclid and John Donne

Making paper alone in my studio is verymeditative.  Perhaps too much.  Thoughts of Euclid and John Donne kept going through my mind.  Euclid's concentric circles and elements of geometry. Donne's Holy Sonnet "Death be Not Proud"
How I relate to Margaret Edson's, Wit,1999 Pulitzer Prize Drama about mortality.



Waste Paper

When experimenting with handmade papersI have left over pigments and materials and I try not to waste anything. 
I never know what is going to happenand I go with the spirit of the night.
Tonight it was all about texture and embracing the unpredictable natureof waste papers.

Handmade paper

A few weeks ago, I promised a friend I would paint her beloved dog.I really wanted to give her something specialand I decided to do a linocut carvingand print on handmade paper.I always add pigments to the pulp.This time I didn't.  I wanted to see what color this batch of recycled paper would produce. The final paper was grayish with a touch of blue,perfect for my artist's proof.

Inner Walls

From the outside the stone is a riddle:No one knows how to answer it.Stone, Charles Simic (b. 1938)

Purple Storms

before the purple storms camefront yard scents of lavenderhid backyard bruises

Honey and Salt

Can love be locked away and kept hid?Yes and it gathers dust and mildewand shrivels itself in shadowsunless it learns the sun can help,snow, rain, storms can help --Honey and Salt, Carl Sandburg

Painting and Creating in Baltimore

Many people have asked why Baltimore? I think this picture tells why.
far away from skyscrapers
and concrete pavements
the breeze of Life and
bird songs guide me down
nature's luscious roads

painting my dreams
and daymares

Painting Poverty

with colored layers

Lost letter to his love

Dear Time,
I have tried to reconstruct your beauty.All that appears is the last word you shouted at me . . . 

Nuns Who Create, Part II

Labor day weekend has always beenmy favorite time of the year.  Even thoughI have been out of school for years, the firstMonday in September fills me with hope and expectation. Being open to life and learning new things.
A few years ago I came across these classroomrules created by Sister Mary Corita,Art Department Director at LA's Immaculate Heart College.
I really like the way Sister Corita encouraged her studentsto focus on the creative process over the final product.
It seems that each month, one of her rules stands out.For example, when I was making paper, Rule 4 wasgreat: Consider everything an experiment.
Right now, Rule 8 stands out:Don't try to create and analyse at the same time.  They're different processes.