Susan Freda 96 SC
Based in Warren, RI
Transparency, form, line, the play of cast shadows and light on a wall, sparkling, subtle states that invoke emotive responses. Freda imbues her pieces with an ephemeral presence and ability to catch and hold light and form. Made with hand woven wire, resin, cast glass, wax, & gems. Their transparent and interconnected forms and jewel-like nature reference nature, fashion, and otherworldly phenomena. Sue has been the recipient of numerous grants, residencies, awards and exhibitions.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?:
I am inspired by nature always, and by the invisible, subtle, and ephemeral components specifically. I love the micro level, the shifting states and colors of light and the delicate natural architecture that bees, wasps, barnacles, and birds, among others, create. Light, reflection, and shadow are endlessly engaging for me. I work with transparent materials, list boxes, mirrors and more to catch and hold light in various ways and I try to channel this into my pieces. I am also interested in the layering and collaging that nature provides. I try to approximate the detritus found on the forest floor, layers of moss, bark, soil etc in my work. Layering and creating depth with organic handmade components. My studio is like a laboratory with pieces marinating together for some time.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?:
My time at RISD was rich and full of wonder and exploration. It set the foundation of my work. I was working with the body and clothing while at RISD, creating dresses, shoes, gloves and more out of organic materials and with nature materials. This body of work lives on in my sculptural shoes and dresses which I now create and show with galleries worldwide.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?:
I am very excited to share a new series of pieces that are made from casting my body in wax, cross sectioning the pieces and resembling them into natural forms resembling coral.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?:
I have shown extensively this past year, with Patricia Rovzar Gallery of Seattle, Jules Place of Boston, Chicago Art Source, Jessica Hagen Fine Art of Newport, Eisenhauer Gallery of Marthas Vineyard, among others. I am very excited to be working on a 20 foot glass tapestry commission piece for a private client currently.
To see more of Susan's work, visit susanfredastudios.com