Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Susan L Berger

Susan L Berger

I grew up in New Haven and went to art school there. In the 1960s, I was primarily a painter and then branched into doing environmental sculpture by reconstructing an excavation site. The work was shown in a gallery in New York in 1969. I learned rug hooking when I attended graduate school. From a collective I joined, I was amazed at what women were doing in this medium. I started making elaborate rug-hooking and latch-hooking fiber art. In the last few years, I returned to working on pieces I completed years before and am now working on a series called "Superior Ink," which are more social constructions or mixed-media pieces.

I make tapestry construction pieces. I use an assortment of textures: paint, oil stick, markers, wood and found objects. I do weave stitching, traditional rug-hooking techniques and vary the technique from each piece. I mostly try to use a social theme to the work. However, many of my pieces are decorative and influenced by Native American women and artists. I use different types of hooked rug-techniques, and weave stitching. I try a feeling of outside art, although all of my works are labor intensive. Women, mostly poorer women, tend to express themselves in this craft by using fiber/yarn. I guess in many respects rug hooking is a traditional craft and rooted into women’s role at home and work. They were self-taught. Women were excellent storytellers. They had strong voices and continually expressed themselves. I feel that my art pieces reflect an important part of feminism and by using basic/traditional hooking, and using scraps of materials and yarns is what they did and integrate these items into one-of-a-kind works. I want to carry on this tradition, have it remain an important craft, and be appreciated as such.

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Images
Outer Limits in Two Panel55-70 Betnune Street in Sampler Format Using GoogleSuperior Loading Dock in Three PanelsSuperior Ink Loading Dock Two Views: Plus Road30,000 Strong to the Inferno of 1911Cave Gatherers: Four Panels.A still Life with a Watering Vase on Table: Drawing Construction

Location
Poughkeepsie, New York
USA

Contact
303 Main Street #3W
Poughkeepsie, New York
USA
susan.lynne.berger@gmail.com

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