by Susan Lerner
What a year 2020 was! Starting with the wildfires in Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and everything leading up to the US Election, 2020 is one for the books. Sequestered away, Susan Lerner’s daily collage practice seemed mundane. She spent hours and hours cutting images from vintage magazines and books instead of creating her usual surreal stories. As life continued imploding, she decided to express her frustration and rage concerning her country’s lack of empathy and division during this crisis. Using vintage imagery in red, white, blue and black, and adding ink, colored pencil and acrylic paint, the political collage series, “Americana”, was born. This series brings together vintage imagery in the context of today’s issues. The work uses the collage technique of hand-cutting and hand-coloring which Lerner finds both cathartic and meditative. It has been a relief to express her feelings about our current state and document this period of time.
(text adapted from the author’s press materials)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Susan Lerner, New York, New York, 2020
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