This recent series is in response to exterior surfaces seen in urban areas that are in a state of flux due to the passage of time, exposure to the elements, and neglect. I am particularly drawn to those surfaces in which newly accumulated layers of paper and text partially obscure and leave revealed portions of what lies beneath the surface, alluding to remnants of the past and the present simultaneously. The beauty of these exterior surfaces lies in their transformation as they become a visual recording of the passage of time; layers of text and imagery emerge and recede, creating a palimpsest record of posters, fliers, graffiti, and accidental mark making. My intent is not to replicate the look of specific walls and facades, but to reinterpret the visual recording of time’s passage.
The work is fabricated using ephemera such as segments of posters, dictionaries, musical scores, and magazines used in combination with acrylic paint and various drawing media. Alternating layers of paint and paper are built up and partially stripped away, exposing layers beneath. This additive and subtractive process results in an expressive surface that is rich in altered imagery and text. Intuitive mark making over the surface is an additional layer of material and information. These ambiguous meanderings leave the interpretation of their meaning open to the viewer.
Susan Reedy’s mixed media works on canvas and paper lie at the intersection of painting, drawing and collage and explores themes of time, place and memory. The work speaks to her varied interest and attraction to ephemera, typography, asemic writing, graffiti, and exterior surfaces that have accumulated layers of posters, fliers, tags, accidental mark making and graffiti.
Reedy’s work has been exhibited widely, including solo and two person exhibitions at OK Harris Gallery, Anna Kaplan Contemporary, Hewitt Gallery, Castellani Art Museum, and the Amherst Museum. Group exhibitions include Pierogi Gallery, Islip Art Museum, Albright Knox Art Gallery, and the Memorial Art Gallery. Permanent collections include the Castellani Art Museum, Memorial Art Gallery, Hyatt 48 Lex, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Mobil Corporation.