Susan L Berger
Feminist Artist Statement
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.