SUSAN LUSS

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Represented Artist 2014-2016

Texture. I like it. I like it in the world. Texture is in part what I mean when I speak about “gritty”. It is not only a metaphor for a lived experience, but also the physical presence of texture. It is not just about surface, but what lies just below that surface. It is not texture for texture sake; it is texture as a layer of the world. It is a history of people and place. It is physical and emotional, subtle, nuanced, blunt, and apparent. Bold, soft, loud, and quiet. Texture is memory, is action, and is experience. The action of doing, the left over thing, the combination of elements, of humans, of diversity, of sounds, of light, of architecture, of all visual and physical information.

About Susan Luss:

Susan Luss is a multi-media artist living and working in New York City. Her work considers the relationship between being inside the work, under construction, and subsequently outside the work, in reflection, leading to perspective differences that raise questions about process, and also allow for a deeper understanding of the materiality of the work. These works become physical places that contain not only personal identity, but also seek to provide the potential for connection with the lives of others, formed in the memory of place, layers of interwoven textures, each as metaphor of the lived experience. 

Luss has lived in New York since 1983 during which time she had a professional career in Sales and Marketing. Luss has served on several Boards: The Long Island Mentoring Partnership, Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect, and The Dakota Building. In 2009, she left the corporate world to attend Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) where she earned her BFA in Studio Arts Painting (2013), graduating with Highest Honors and receiving the Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement. Recent 2015 events and exhibitions include Haverstraw RiverArts Festival (Collaboration with Rich Vivenzio) Haverstraw, NY), So Hot Right Now (New York, NY), Last Dance @the Old Gem (Brooklyn, NY), Garner Arts Festival, Light Industrial Ecosystem (Garnerville, NYC), and Battle of the Masters (East Village, NYC). Luss curated a group exhibition in conjunction with Pratt and MARP’s (Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project) collaboration Drawings Along Myrtle (2014). Luss serves on the Pratt Fine Arts Alumni committee and is curating a group exhibiton for the 2015 Pratt Alumni Day. She is affiliated with artist run group ArtShape Mammoth and Brooklyn Art Crit Group. Her work was featured on the cover of Pratt Institute Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, Summer 2014 catalogue. Luss’s work has also been featured in Anderson Ranch’s (Snowmass, CO) annual giving campaign catalog and most recently in the August 2015 issue of Rivertown Magazine. Currently she is a candidate (2016) for a Masters of Fine Art in Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Susan's CV here