Friday, October 31, 2014

SMILE: Fortune Friday #22

A day without smiling is a day wasted.
(Grandma's doily) linocut in progress,  10/31/2014, Suzanne Coley 
Lucky numbers: 10, 12, 14, 31, 45, 62

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore

I am pleased to announce that Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch has been extended to January 10, 2015. 
Still from I Never Thought I'd be the One, 2013 Suzanne Coley
It is an amazing exhibition with artwork created by artists from 13 different countries.  I was not able to attend the artists' talk, however if anyone has a question or wants to have coffee, please let me know.

*I created a limited edition silk screen print especially for this exhibition - on view and for sale at Galerie Myrtis, 2224 North Charles Street, Baltimore.  (410) 235-3711 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reconstructing Mona Lisa

Ink transfer on handmade paper with chine-collé, 2014 Suzanne Coley
Time magazine lists the 1911 theft of Mona Lisa from the Louvre as one of the top crimes of the century.  Poet Guillaume Apollinaire was accused of stealing it, and police brought Pablo Picasso in for questioning.  Both were released and eventually exonerated. 

Scholars have written countless papers about the identity of the real Mona Lisa as well as the composition of the painting.  In 1956, someone threw acid on it and damaged it.  Later, someone threw a rock at it and chipped some paint off. 
Reconstructing Mona Lisa, handmade papers, 2014 
Through papermaking techniques I am reconstructing Mona Lisa because I, too, am intrigued by her history, the painting’s technical aspects, and the lore that surrounds it.

Incorporating the techniques of “sfumato” that Da Vinci used over 500 years ago allows for an interesting play with shadow and light when re-creating Mona Lisa’s form.  The hazy, dream like blacks and lower register greys, on handmade paper offer unique tones.  With these experiments I hope to better understand and control the placement of pigments on handmade papers’ often unpredictable nature.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fortune Friday #21

What you do with sincerity pays the greatest reward.
Lucky numbers: 10, 12, 14, 24, 38, 56

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Storytelling through Art: Spectacles

What is humanity but a collection of stories.  Told by a variety of voices in a variety of ways.
Seen through the eyes of the beholders, each with unique spectacles.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


marking where we've been
planning where we're going
Badass, 2013 linocut on map
2-dimensional symbols depicting
3-dimensional spaces
marks, points, lines, curves
Astoria, 2012 
how we see, how we travel
life journeys drawn on network graphs
linocut printed on handmade Suminagashi paper, 2014
nautical maps created by controlled
temperatures in conference rooms
coloring social conditions

unclassified rainfalls waiting to be ranked
shipwrecked before they could sail

baltimore, maryland
by suzanne coley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Storytelling: Linocuts and silkscreens on fabric

Back in July I blogged about printing on fabric.   I've been experimenting with telling stories on different mediums.  Since August, nine of these large fabric panels have been on exhibit at a busy bookstore in Maryland -- Ukazoo Books.
Linocuts and silkscreens on fabric - 4 feet and 5 feet panels
I am really pleased with the way the panels have held up, allowing viewers to see the nuances of the prints, pressure marks, and silk fabrics up close.  
Sitting with the panels - Ukazoo Books, Towson, Maryland 10/18/2004
Tonight I deinstalled the exhibition and would like to thank everyone for allowing me to tell my stories.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fortune Friday #20

The will to do, the soul to dare is yours for the taking if you prepare.

Today I received this lovely vintage postcard from Bogota -- Plaza de Bolivar, 1948
Lucky Numbers: 10, 12, 17, 20, 34, 54

muchísimas gracias M.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

St. Mark's Bookshop


Whenever I am in NYC I love stopping by St. Mark's Bookshop.  Yesterday, co-owner Terry McCoy was working hard at the store's new location: 136 East 3rd Street.
We briefly discussed poetry by Jorge Luis Borges.  (I ended up purchasing a 500 page book of Borges' poetry edited by Alexander Coleman.)
I love the store's new layout, and the mini art zines and books are amazing!

*My previous post on St. Mark's Bookshop.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Deep End

You asked me to jump.  I said, "I do."  We both fell into fiery oceans.
Only you could swim, leaving me behind in the deep end.  Now I am free.  

Suzanne Coley

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fortune Friday #19

You lead by example, which inspires others.
Lucky Numbers: 10, 11, 14, 20, 24, 44

Thursday, October 9, 2014


-- .. ... -.-. --- -. -.-. . .--. - .. --- -. ...  (misconceptions), 2014
by Suzanne Coley 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Drama of Life

Dramatization of T.S. Eliot's poem Sweeney Agonistes: Fragments of an Aristophanic Melodrama.  University of Colorado, 2001.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fortune Friday #18

You are the only flower of meditation in the wilderness.
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 10, 14, 24, 38

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bound by Fate

Hecuba: Bound by Fate by Suzanne Coley
Euripides' tragedy Hecuba is one of the bleakest tales about loss, desolation, and revenge during war.   The character of Queen Hecuba of Troy offers a view of suffering through the eyes of a mother.  Wife of King Priam, Hecuba is the mother of Hector, Paris (the main cause of the Trojan War), Cassandra (prophetess), Polydorus, and Polyxena.  (Depending on the Greek poet who wrote about her, Hecuba has as many as 50 children and as few as 14.)
"Never ought words to have outweighed deeds in this world."
My vision was to capture the moment Hecuba prepares to take revenge on Polydorus' killer, King Polymestor.  Why this moment?  Hecuba has to be sweet and persuasive to get her son's killer to trust her enough to be alone with her.  Once they are alone, she plucks out Polymester's eyes and destroys his family.   

Fate demands that words, both powerful and worthless, yield to actions.

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