Susan Weinberg
  Studio 409
                  
                                                                                                                                                     


susan@studio409art.com



  
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About the Artist




    














































































































































































  
 


Artwork has always played a significant role in my life, but it was not until I left a career in finance that I began to express my strong interest in family and cultural history through my artwork.  I soon realized the power of artwork in telling a story, a concept that has proven to be central to my work.

I began my journey with an exploration of family history through artwork, telling the many stories that I had collected through years of research.  Stories are deeply embedded with narrative that becomes an important component of the artwork.

Much of my work is figurative and often includes collage-like elements.My bodies of work on Lithuania began to incorporate semi-abstract imagery as I sought to tell the story of lost Jewish communities and the traces that remain.  Through layering and the use of Yiddish, I explored the “negative space” created by the absence of once significant communities, the impact of the Holocaust and the way in which Eastern European countries deal with these issues today. My series on Poland returned to figurative imagery to recreate the presence and diversity of the former Jewish community.

In my series on Identity and Legacy I sought to capture the stories of Jewish elders within the Twin Cities community.  In these bodies of work I've moved from family history to ancestral history to  community history all within the arc of story.

During the pandemic, my focus shifted to the environment as walking became an important part of my daily routines. My artwork followed and soon I was painting trees, trees as witnesses to climate change and as metaphors for brokenness.
The one constant in all my work is  story and its connection to broader concepts.




 

Susan works out of her studio in NE Minneapolis at the California Building. The studio is open most Second Saturdays from 11-4PM.  Other times by appointment.








































   
          

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