"My desire to 'reduce disease' in the world came about through artistic means. If I could simplify a disease into a shape, then into line, then into a language of expression and feeling (not unlike concrete poetry), then it might begin to humanize the disease and its significance."Suzan Shutan
Suzan Shutan Gallery
Suzan Shutan is a US Connecticut based Installation artist, Curator and Educator. Her work is immersive and experiential, exploring natural and human made space where the intersection of lines, pathways and perspectives coincide and link to nature. Her work is material driven and explores sensory stimuli. It also examines physical space informed by patterns and colors found in nature and our built environment, as well as our human imprint upon the natural world that threatens its health and our wellbeing. As a recipient of multiple grants including an Artslink grant, ArtMatters grant, Berkshire Taconic Foundation grant, two NY Foundation for Contemporary Art grants and three CT Commission Artist Fellowships, she has attended artist residencies at Bemis Foundation NE, Yaddo NY, Proyecto Ace, Argentina. Her work has been featured in 23 solo exhibits including Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw Poland, AldrichMuseum CT, Five Points Art Center, CT, Islip Art Museum NY, Kenise Barnes Gallery NY, Arts & Cultural Center of Florida and in 198 group exhibitions throughout Germany, Poland, Ukraine, France, Holland, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Columbia and USA. Her work has been published in the books Paper Art Installations II, Post Road Literary Books and has been reviewed by Smithsonian Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, NY Times, Art New England Magazine, Artscope, High Performance, and blogs such as Art Spiel & Yale University Radio /Praxis Museum of Non Visible Art. Public commissions include Log-Me-In Headquarters, Boston, MA and Sloan Kettering Hospital, NY, and her work can be found in private and museum collections as well as viewed on Artsy, First Dibs, Geoform, Instagram (@sshutan), FB, Pinterest, Linkedin and at www.suzanshutan.com. Suzan has worked as a Museum Educator, a Director of a Municipal Public Art Program, and has taught at RISD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Nebraska, Quinnipiac University and continues to teach Sculpture at Housatonic Community College, and with low residency MFA students in programs including Lesley College at Harvard, MA.
2 Su’s Interactive Art Environments: Susan Knight and Suzan Shutan
We are both visual artists making our own work, longtime friends, and a collaborative team. We go by 2-Su’s Interactive Art Environments: Susan Knight and Suzan Shutan. Our work addresses issues of environmental exploitation. Together we have created site-specific installations in response to ground water
issues in Nebraska, water and land contaminants in the Hudson River watershed, and habitat modification using art to demonstrate how environmental problems worldwide are locally relevant.