THE CAFE SERIES :: No. 2 :: Heidi Sussman August 2- September 4, 2012
A solo exhibition of Heidi Sussman
Red Eye Cafe, 94 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ
"I am a visual artist who uses digital technology to create images. All of my work is photo-based, and everything I produce starts with one of my photographs. Always open to experimentation with both traditional and digital art media, I often incorporate digital painting and collage into my pieces.
I experiment with all sorts of papers and prefer to print on various non-inkjet coated papers to create a softer image; from handmade rice and watercolor papers to pages from newspapers and magazines. I've always been fascinated by various papers and I try printing on just about anything that will go through an inkjet printer. Afterwards, I embellish with wax, acrylic, colored pencil, watercolor or pastel.
My recent work involves creating photo encaustics where I add beeswax to my photographs. The addition of wax becomes a key component clouding the sharpness of the images and depicts an ethereal quality. Layers of wax are added, heated and scraped until I achieve my desired effect. Incorporating wax with my photos creates an organic feeling, adding warmth and luminance that makes each piece unique.
The images exhibited here show my interpretation of a world disconnected; from disembodied hands typing on a laptop and other devices, to the vacant poses of mannequins. For all our constant connectivity we are more isolated than ever. Living in the twenty-first century we communicate with multiplicity--on our smart phones, tablets and computers. Social media puts us together instantly, but for the ease and immediacy of our electronic devices we often loose sight of our humanity. Our devices make us feel attached, but we are emotionally disconnected to each other, often forgetting how good it feels to hear the warmth of a human voice. Like mannequins we have the appearance of looking human but are not really alive with our unemotional expressions reading the text on our screens as our fingers try to fly as swiftly as our thoughts."