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Following the creative impulse through the lively and the visual arts, Susan looks to capture what lies within as well as without. A strong visual imagination keeps her grounded in the "thingness" of the plastic arts alongside the ephemeral "nowness" of the lively arts. Her aim is always the aha! of recognition for the viewer, seeing beyond the artifact to the experience the feeling that engendered it.

   

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2018 Borrego Springs Film Festival
Three Dead Husbands screening
Saturday January 13 2:30PM

Book signing Unpronounceable
January 25, 2018 7PM
BookMonster bookstore
Santa Monica California
Free

Bio

Born in New Jersey of Italian parents, I grew up with a double vision of culture and have always looked to create at the intersection of worlds. Some of the first work I created professionally was as a clown in the circus and I remain an artist who likes to turn things upside down. A love of collaboration led me to create works in collaborative genres such as theater, film, and music performance alongside my individual works as a writer and artist.

Some of the first work I created professionally was as a clown in the circus and I have remained an artist who likes to turn things upside down. For three years I ran a late night cabaret in Seattle as the comic persona Claire de Lune, and have written everything from newspaper advice columns to feature films, most of them with a comedic or satiric edge. In 2006 I founded the Broad Humor Film Festival for movie comedies by women, now in its 13th year.

In 2014, I sold my belongings and left for a year of travel and exploration. I began work on A Year in Miniature, a visual arts concept to record what she calls her “vagabond year” in small polyvinyl panels the size of a credit card with permanent ink pens. The results drew praise and have had exhibitions in New Zealand, Mexico, Belgium, and the US.

2018 finds me still living a nomadic life, painting and writing as I travel, looking to capture images reflective of place and moment in time, and writing about the past and present, imaginary and remembered, the everyday and the ecstatic.