John Cage Readers
Influenced by John Cage, who used to set parameters for making an artwork, but allowed chance to determine what the work would look like. Following his example, I assigned a number to each of fifteen manila folders and pulled numbers randomly to determine which folders would be paired together. I did the same for choosing the number and colors of buttons (white, brown, black or mixed) and threw dice to tell me how many lines I would hand-sew on each folder. I enjoyed the freedom this gave me, as well as the lively energy and active dialogue the artwork seemed to offer. Working with my hands, connecting unlike things, allowing for unexpected directions—these are at the heart of my creative process.
Used manila folders, buttons, thread, ink, pebbles, metal letters, metal clasps. Five units. Each unit is 18 x 12 x 11 inches. 2009. Unique
Susan Field has been working as an artist for 27 years. For the first dozen years, she worked primarily with colored pencils on paper. Her work was featured in Best of Colored Pencil 2 and Creative Colored Pencil (Rockport Publishers), and she taught at the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ.
Susan’s current works tend to be sculptural in form. Her solo exhibits include Stitches, and Other Connections, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA, and Grammar of the Hands, CSU/Stanislaus, Turlock, CA. Recent group exhibits include a three-person show, In Material, at the Quicksilver Mine Company, Forestville, CA; Scrap Art, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA; and Drawing Resurfaced, Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Her work is represented in various private and public collections, such as the René and Veronica di Rosa Foundation, Napa, CA, and the Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Susan was a fellow at New Pacific Studio, Mt. Bruce, NZ, and plans a residency at AIR Le Parc, Pampelonne, France, in spring 2012. She maintains a working studio in Gualala, CA,