DVAA Member since 2019
Susan Wallack, lawyer, poet, and interior designer, combines the techniques of collage, assemblage, and mixed media in a range of styles, from straightforward portraits to highly distorted and fragmented images which refuse easy interpretation. Wallack had her first solo show at Muse Gallery in July 2011. Her work has also been exhibited at Main Line Art Center as well as Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia), Muse Gallery (Philadelphia), Projects Gallery (Philadelphia), Third Street Gallery (Philadelphia), Highwire Gallery (Philadelphia), Wayne Art Center (Wayne), and Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater Gallery (Philadelphia).
“The things I make— collage, assemblage, mixed media— are hybrids, internally diverse and externally beholden to a broad range of influences, from African masks to Renaissance Madonnas to the Merzbau of modernist Kurt Schwitters. Story-like, the pieces are narrative, but broken into fragments; their subjects, often women, recognizable but not exactly real. I wish to make something which invites many levels of interpretation, rather than dictating a single idea. In my pieces, backgrounds are often ambiguous (heavily patterned, black or abstract), suspending the image in a visual limbo, precluding fixed meaning and urging the viewer’s interpretation. In this sense, the work is incomplete, purposely so, propelled outward as is, into the unknown.”