I AM / Susan Wick

One of the most interesting, inspiring, and lovable people I’ve encountered in my 8 years doing Goldyn has to be artist Susan Wick.  When Goldyn first moved its office to the Taxi building in Denver, we were lucky enough to be grouped into a studio space with this wonderful human.  Since then I have been intrigued by her brand of folk art-inspired paintings, textiles, mosaics, ceramics and more.  Susan is both prolific and boundary-pushing while still being completely accessible and open.  Read on below to see what Susan had to say about her work and words of wisdom.

Susan wears a graphic tee by Uzi, tulle jacket by Lauren Nevada, and white jumpsuit by Ilana Kohn.  

Susan in her home and studio, Z Wick Place

Susan in her home and studio, Z Wick Place

Goldyn:  Have you always been an artist?  What was your impetus to be an artist, or was it always just there?

Susan:  Well maybe, but I didn’t think it was a profession that could support me and I didn’t think I had the talent to do that anyhow. But I loved the idea and lifestyle, and when it came to be a potential later in life I went for it.

Goldyn:  What were you doing before art became your profession?

Susan:  I finished undergrad, I traveled.  I lived on a kibbutz and had my first professional job as an occupational therapist in Israel.  I trained for the Peace Corps.  I lived and worked in NYC and got a Masters at NYU in Psychiatric O.T.  Then I moved to Berkeley and got an MA in Environmental Design in the Textile Department.  I got a grant to study textiles in India.  Then a studio in Paris…and so on and on…

An altar to art

An altar to art

Goldyn:  You work in a lot of mediums.  What medium did you start out with and why?  How did your work evolve to include other mediums?

Susan:  [I use] a lot of mediums, yes.  It keeps me entertained.  When I had the opportunity to go to graduate school in environmental design (specifically textiles) in Berkeley it was an opportunity to use lots of different materials to make art and that got me started.  I never did take a drawing or painting or sculpture ‘class.’  Anyhow the different materials led to different techniques, and so on.

Susan talks to us about the ceramics collaboration project she did

Susan talks to us about the ceramics collaboration project she did with artist Rolf Dahl

Goldyn:  How does your work influence your style?

Susan:  If I can make it, I can have it, live with it, put it in my house, wear it, etc. and it becomes (unwittingly) my style.

Socks

Socks

Goldyn:  How would you define your style in a nutshell?

Susan:  Variety.  Mix it up, make it accessible, comfortable.  Changeable.  Colorful.

Susan reclining in her studio

Susan reclining in her studio in front of new works

Goldyn:  Was there a favorite piece from your wardrobe in the past that you wish you still had?

Susan:  Well, I don’t really wish I still had it, but there was a velvet and faille black evening gown I had and loved.  I loved how I felt in it.  I did keep it a long time, but that was something I had from about l955-6 and I couldn’t keep it THAT long.  Though it would be perfect today for another party, another young woman.

Art hangs in every corner of Z Wick Place

Art hangs in every corner of Z Wick Place

Goldyn:  If you could be anyone at any time, who would your fantasy self be and what would she be doing?

Susan:  I would be an international traveler, busy making art.

Goldyn:  Sounds like you are your own fantasy self then :).  What do you love about your space?

Susan:  I love [my space].  I have a lot of it and my studio has fabulous light.  There is outside space.  It’s a mixture of nitty gritty, being down on the rail road tracks, with elegance of scale and it’s accessible.

Antiques mingle with art

Antiques mingle with art

Goldyn:  Any words for girls growing up today about style?

Susan:  Go for it.  Try different things.  Be flexible.  Be Yourself.

Susan

Susan

Goldyn:  Upcoming plans for your work?  

Susan:  I’m working towards a show happening in the fall at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, which is opening Thurs., October 1st.  Save the date.  After that, more small projects working with other people in Denver and San Francisco.

You can learn more about Susan and her art, as well as purchase her book by visiting SusanWick.com

Outside the studio

Outside the studio

7 comments

  1. Susan is always interesting. Anytime I visit with her she I am involved into something with her. Usually, it pertains to food. We both seem to love food. Susan has a large amount of great times in her life. Her travels are vast. And, she captures wonderful stories any time she goes someplace because she gets herself deep into her adventures and doesn’t just site see. By and large, Susan is a happy person. She laughs often. She is gracious and open to people and easy to jabber with. I find it difficult to say goodby to her and at times have to force myself to leave. Susan is a person I want to be with more in my life and even beyond. She is a cheerleader in my life and, I observe her spirit with others and admire it.

  2. I work at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) and your post caught the eye of our Executive Director. This is a lovely article about our fall exhibiting artist, Susan Wick. The photos of Susan in her studio are captivating, beautiful, and evocative. We like them so much that we would like to explore the possibility of using one in our exhibition postcard. I’d love to speak with someone at Goldyn about these images. Could you please call or email me at BMoCA? Thank you! 303.443.2122 or rachel@bmoca.org

  3. Can anyone send me d email id of Susan wick. I m a ph.D scholar from India doing research on her novel Driving my father.

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