Stained Glass XXVII
Although born and raised in the Midwest, Susan Lenz has always traveled, spending much time in Austria, England, and Italy. These experiences have been translated into a love of textiles, textures, and cultural diversity. Susan's now lives in Columbia, South Carolina and has both a "home" studio for 3D sculptural and installation work and a fiber art studio at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios.
She has studied under several internationally renowned fiber artists and been juried into numerous national and international exhibits. Susan's work has been featured in solo shows all over the United States. She has been awarded four art residencies, several "Best of Show" ribbons, and has had work featured on television and in print.
Generally using needle and thread for self-expression, Susan Lenz works to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things. She seeks a partnership with her materials, their purposes, values, and familiar associations. Memory, universal mortality, and personal legacy are central themes. Vintage and recycled materials are combined with meticulous handwork. Susan is drawn to textiles for their tactile qualities and often makes work that is meant to touch and be touched.