Toccata #75, 2013, 14x14in
copper and aluminum wool pad on clay coated paper
Madrigal #47, 2014. 12x12in,
silverpoint, copper/aluminum/brass wool pads,
grey gesso on paper
Tone and line are the most important features of these works. In my wood panels I began by carving thin lines into the surface after which I applied several layers of paint or gesso. Then, after lightly sanding the surface, I enriched the surface with bronze tones and metalpoint drawing. The works seem to vibrate as the eye moves around the painting.
Polyphony II, 2013, 24x24x2in
aluminum/gold/copperpoint, black gesso on panel
Polyphony II (additional view)
Polyphony XII, 2015, 16x16x1.75in,
silver/gold.copperpoint, carmine gesso on panel
Intermezzo #17, 2015, 12x12in
silver/goldpoint, aluminum wool pads
graphite on terra skin paper
About the Artist
Susan Schwalb was born in New York City and studied at the High School of M&A, and at Carnegie-Mellon University. Her current work juxtaposes a wide variety of metals (silver, gold, brass, copper, platinum, pewter, bronze and aluminum) to obtain soft shifts in tone and color. Schwalb’s oeuvre ranges from drawings on paper to artist books and paintings on canvas or wood panels.; many of these panels are carefully beveled so that the imagery seems to float off the wall. Her work is represented in most of the major public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery, Washington DC, The British Museum, London, The Brooklyn Museum, NY, The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Kupferstichkabinett - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany. She has had over 35 solo exhibitions and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
See more of Susan Schalb's work at http://susanschwalb.com.