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Keep your head up

Having cancer taught me the following: 1.  Take one day at a time 2.  If the day is too long, take one hour at a time 3.  If an hour is too long, take a minute at a time 4.  If a minute is too long, take a deep breath  5.  If a deep breath is too hard, open your door and take a walk I found myself walking a lot, sometimes for hours.
life is beautiful  sometimes we need to  look at it through new lenses feel it with recharged emotions

by Suzanne Coley Baltimore

40 years of linocuts

Work I created in 1974!  My mother visited me last week and, to my surprise, she gave me a bag of my childhood artwork.   1974 seems like yesterday, but it was 40 years ago!  
My mother even brought my original linoleum cutters, and I want to post them.  When I was a child, I used Speedball linoleum cutters. They were made of wood and cost $1.50.  I carved a lot of architectural structures and landscapes back then, but I am showing you this block because it was my first portrait (of my teacher).  I liked postage stamps back then and I remember thinking how a face would look on a "modern stamp".  We didn't have the Internet to reference anything, and had to draw from live models -- teachers, family, friends, pets, buildings.
My first linoleum block portrait carved in 1974.

Beyond the domain of language

Featuring Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson is a brilliant visual artist who received a graduate degree in sculpture from Columbia University.  She went on to become a pioneer in electronic music and invented several innovative instruments.
I love her spirit. I love the way she thinks. I love the way she experiments. I love how she communicates: Three realms beyond the domain of language
I (heart) Laurie Anderson!

Handmade paper

from ex-library books
new life luna poetry

Created in Baltimore by Suzanne Coley

Gilding Linocuts

Cancelling Printing Blocks When  I studied with Judith Solodkin, the first woman to graduate from Tamarind Institute as a Master Lithographer,  I learned a lot about printmaking and limited editions.  One of the many lessons I learned was the importance of cancelling my plates when I was finished with an edition. Cancelling plates ensures the integrity of the size of my original editions, whether these editions consist of 5 prints or 75.  Cancelling plates also prevents forgeries.

Gold Teeth

how i live?

some days it comes coded  quick like air i open my heart
everything i am  trapped on paper a currency that can't buy food

Created in Baltimore by Suzanne Coley

Writing is Live

Brown University

Ifa Bayeza
An award-winning playwright.
A gifted novelist.
A great teacher.
A wonderful friend.
This is how Ifa introduces her new play:
A Liberal's Interpretation of Creative Non-Fiction  A Comedy, Like Life, Tinged with a Touch of the Tragic A New Play About the Eccentricities of Family This One Happening to Be My Own
*** Welcome to Wandaland written by Ifa Bayeza directed by Carl Hancock Rux
Writing Is Live Festival at Brown University February 20-23, 2014
Opening night: February 20, 2014 at 7:00pm
George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space - Churchill House
See you there!

Art is Life

a language we understand when words become tangled
no one controls the Rights of color and form equality 
created in Baltimore
by Suzanne Coley

Wynton Marsalis and Barry Sanders

"The ball is snapped and someone is tearing your head off." Wynton Marsalis
Today is my one year blogiversary and I want to do something different:
I would like to talk about NFL running back Barry Sanders.  How he created openings when there was none.  How he dashed, darted, scuttled, weaved, sprinted, twisted, zigzagged, crisscrossed, turned, doubled back, and pushed forward, all with 350 lbs on his back, 350 lbs on his legs, 350 lbs on his neck, and 380 lbs on his arms.  He kept running, heading for the end zone.  Touchdown.
Wynton Marsalis, Director of Jazz studies at Juilliard  explains the metaphysical aspect of "art" that is Barry Sanders.
Jazz Musician Wynton Marsalis introduces NFL running back Barry Sanders 

Soulful Symphony

I just returned to Baltimore and watched Soulful Symphony, a 75 piece symphony orchestra founded by composer/conductor Darin Atwater, on Maryland Public Television
They performed songs of my childhood.
Sometimes I don't have words for great music. Please Listen
Soulful Symphony with Darin Atwater based in Baltimore, Maryland They performed my favorite childhood song, A City Called Heaven. It is not on the Internet yet, and I hope
they upload their performance soon.
These are some of the lyrics of A City Called Heaven I am a poor pilgrim of sorrow I'm tossed in this wide world alone No hope I have for tomorrow I've started to heaven my home
Sometimes I am tossed and driven, Lord Sometimes I don't know where to roam I've started to make it my home

International Society of Copier Artists (ISCA)

Amazing!  That's all I could utter when I opened the white clamshell cardboard box and pulled out 39 individual artist's books and read their stories.  The handmade artist's books came in different sizes and had various constructions.   Founded in New York City in 1981 by Louise Neaderland, International Society of Copier Artists (ISCA) created a visual language with the medium of xerographic prints and manipulations that explored political, social and cultural life of their time.
Volume 1, No. 1 was printed in April 1982. The last quarterly was Volume 21, No. 4, printed in June 2003. These are the artists who created original artist's books for the  ISCA, 9th Annual Bookworks Issue Volume 12, Number 4, Summer 1994 Thelma Mathias, Jill Snyder Wallace, Lois Ramirez Pamela Zwehl-Burke, Ray Mary Schmitt, Krista L. Molnar Mitzi Humphrey, Cynthia Dantzic, Mary Ann McNeil James DeWoody, Louise Odea Neaderland, Olwyn Morinsky E.S. Pearlman, Phillip Michael M., M. Seigei Spark O…

A Modern Day Library Experience, Part I

Hunt Library
Tuesday in Pittsburgh was damp and snowy, and it was comforting to enter Hunt Library and be greeted with the gentle murmur of an espresso machine in an open café on the left.The atmosphere was elegant and cool, much like the aluminum and glass design of the building itself.I quickly got a cup of coffee, peeled off my wet coat and relaxed on one of the lounge chairs.It was easy to get comfortable, but I had an appointment to visit the Artist’s Book collection on the 4th floor.
Managed by librarian Mo Dawley, the Artist’s Book collection contains over one thousand zines, livres d’artistes, and artist’s books.They include handmade one-of-a-kind, limited edition, small press editions, and quarterlies, such as Louise Neaderland’s ISCA (International Society of Copier Artists). Ms. Dawley allowed me to hold the books and leisurely read them.She explained that it is important to touch the books and feel the textures.
Ms. Dawley was right, the handmade tactile nature of artist’s…

Postcards and stamps

Hand printed postcards with custom stamps are my favorite way of saying "thank you" and keeping in touch. I mail them from the  National Postal Museum in Washington, DC as they hand cancel each stamp. My postcards also form interesting patterns  when pasted together.

created in Baltimore 
by Suzanne Coley

Book Covers

I love creating designs for the covers of my  artist's books and journals.
Most books are layered with multiple textures.
Ten years ago I stopped buying book cloth and decorative papers and began making my own.