Many Moons: Bound and stitched resist dyed cotton, each panel 24" wide x 21" high
Autumn Eucalyptus: Thrown and altered porcelain leaf forms on stitch resisted and dyed cotton with additional sewn lines, 100" x 100"
Autumn Eucalyptus: detail
The process of taking from nature and repurposing its gifts is the heart of Susie Rubenstein’s art. In one instance, she can move among her fruit trees, selecting the fruit with care and making it into a delicious pie. In another, she can coax powerful associations from the shapes she fashions out of clay. With each object, each vessel Susie sets out to make there is an understanding that the simple block of clay will become not just a beautiful and functional artwork, but also the catalyst for memories around the dinner table or tea with a good friend.
Susie’s art vibrates with natural forms, calling the viewer back to open skies filled with birdsong. There is an inherent respect for the time it takes to find the form and bring it out, allowing it to reach its full potential in the hands of the one using it. From her hands Susie focuses her energy and insight into an ordinary object, reminding the viewer of the overlap we see in nature between the simple and the complex.
In the decade I have known Susie, she has continually inspired her students to make connections in the studio, imparting to them her principles of giving life to the object. The reception for her solo exhibition in the Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery was packed with students and colleagues alike, a testimony not only to her creative scope and ability, but to her giving nature. The exhibition brimmed with beauty and elegance, filled with her ceramic vessels and stunning large scale drawings.
There is such finesse to all Susie Rubenstein does, selecting fruit, taking from life, transforming the organic to preserve the experience and make another. Her work is about sharing with others, coming full circle from fruit to pie or clay to vessel. It is the time spent in conversation, or spent holding art created for connection.
- Fatemeh Burnes, 2015
- Gene Ogami, Photography
- Gypsy Ray, Introduction
- Fatemeh Burnes, Gallery Director