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Susan Siegel: Small Kingdoms

May 3 – June 30

A solo exhibit of works by Susan Siegel, on view May 3, 2024 – June 30, 2024

The gallery is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm or by appointment.

Artist Reception Saturday, May 11, 2024 5:00-7:00 pm. Receptions are always free and open to the public.

Artist Statement:

In this body of work, I draw inspiration from Mary Oliver’s poem, “Sleeping in the Forest,” where she alludes to the bustling activity of “Small Kingdoms” at work during the night. This poetic imagery serves as a metaphor for the delicate interplay between humanity and nature. Much like Oliver’s portrayal, my work delves into the sublime and peaceful merging of boundaries, inviting viewers to contemplate moments of communion, impermanence, and metamorphosis.

I find my inspiration in the rich traditions of ancient art, medieval bestiaries, and 18th- century natural science histories. The heart of my studio practice lies in the techniques of drawing and printmaking, encompassing drypoints, etchings, monotypes, and experimental collages. By exploring the coexistence of our “Small Kingdoms,” my art serves as a mirror to the intricate tapestry of our existence in this tragic, mysterious, and beautiful world.

Artist Biography:

Susan Siegel (b. 1964, Los Angeles, California) creates work that engages our connection to the natural world. Siegel holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in New York City (2010) with an emphasis in traditional oil painting. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, including the Glass Gallery at Mana Contemporary, Sotheby’s and Flowers Gallery. Her work has been featured by New American Paintings, Hi-Fructose Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2012 Siegel was the recipient of a studio residency at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. She was awarded the Merit Award at the Silvermine Arts Center’s Paper 2019 exhibit curated by Jennifer Farrel, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2023 she was awarded the Woodstock Artist Association and Museum’s Annual Print Award. Siegel lives and works in the Hudson Valley.

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