Susanna Starr is known for her sculptures and hybrids of sculpture and painting that employ a range of material. From sponges saturated with gallons of paint, to painted, cut and layered mylar, to delicate wall works of wood veneer with designs meticulously cut out, Starr’s practice employs a talent for translating materials in unexpected ways. Hallmarks of her works are an exploration of formal issues of medium and process, a witty sense of play, and a carefully balanced tension resulting from the contradictory use of material.
The upcoming exhibition, "Psychedelicate", is an explosion of pattern and color in the neon colored works that suspend ceiling to floor as well as hang in multiple layers on the wall. In an NYFA Magazine article on Starr, Stacey Gottleib describes "Mylar offered a way of working with pigment in its purest form, each sheet like a single brushstroke of paint, layers of which, when hung together in her trademark, cunningly calculated tones, also opened up a previously unseen, inner dimension to the work. In addition, transferring the lacy pattern of porous sponge to the new material necessitated a cutting device to hollow out the holes and so the pen-knife and meticulous handwork the cutouts required became a vital part of the process as well."
Susanna Starr lives and works in New York City. Starr earned a BFA in sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MFA in sculpture at Yale, and has studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Starr has received numerous awards including an Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency, Montauk, NY, and a NY Foundation for the Arts, Artist’s Fellowship Grant. In 2010 she was awarded a commission for permanent artwork by the New York MTA Arts for Transit. Starr has exhibited in museums, art centers and galleries across the U.S. including Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO (solo), Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (solo), Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, Dieu Donne papermill, NYC, White Columns, NYC, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL., Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, CD, and Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama, Birminghan, Alabama. Susanna Starr has been written about extensively in publications including Art in America, Art Review, The New York Times, NY Arts Magazine, and New Art Examiner among others. Her work is in the collections of Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Moelis & Company NYC, NY and the Art in Embassies Program, US Department of State.