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Interview With Artist Susanne Buckler

First Place Special Recognition Award-Winner in “HERStory 2016”

Featured Artist Article

“It is important that this project empowers and unites all women.”
~ Susanne Buckler (about her Vagina Dialogs series)

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler

Susanne Buckler is an award-winning photographer, video artist, “Process Artist” and mixed media artist who lives and works in New York, NY. Her several in-depth series which she refers to as “Still Life Stories”, provide profound insight into the human condition.

She won the First Place Special Recognition Cash Award in Manhattan Arts International “HERStory 2016” because of her artistic excellence and breath and depth of her art. She submitted images  from her “Vagina Dialogs”, her most recent project.

The artist is also a member of the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery. Visit her page here.

Banner image: Susanne Buckler, I Just Go For It/ T’s Favorite Part. Deconstructed portraits derived from a video series in response to the recurring question; which are the favorite parts of your body? Digitally printed on paper or fabric.

All rights reserved. Do not copy any images without the artist’s permission. Click on images for larger views.

Susanne Buckler, Vagina Dialogs/ Love is More Important Than Sex/Triptych, Inkject on silk and paper, 17” x 22". Larger sizes available.
Susanne Buckler, Vagina Dialogs/ Love is More Important Than Sex/Triptych, Inkject on silk and paper, 17” x 22″. Larger sizes available.

All of her digital images are printed on Canson Paper and Translucent Silk in various sizes.  Her art is in personal collections around the world. She has been featured in many publications such as Photo District News, The Wonderful World of Photography, Photo Design Magazine, Ad Directions and others. In American Photographer magazine writer David Kalish stated, “Susanne Buckler records beauty with her intuitive eyes and her moving imagination.”

The artist earned a BFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art and also attended Syracuse University. She taught at The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

The following interview contains excerpts from her comprehensive website used with her permission.

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler, Quote, photograph, from the “Vagina Dialogs”.

Would you please describe your process for the series “Vagina Dialogs”?

SB: I begin by videoing and photographing women of all ages and ethnicities, dressed in their own simple black garments, that reveal only their hands, face and feet. I ask them a series of questions some being,”When did you first notice your body”? “Is it important for you to feel beautiful?” “If you could speak to your vagina what would you say?” and “Which are your favored parts of your body?” I then begin to feature those parts in a series of deconstructed portraits.

What do you hope to achieve with this series?

SB: It is important that this project empowers and unites all women. They seek to reveal the inner persona residing on the inside while the video interviews reflect a more predetermined criterion of questions, which reveal their personal responses as the interior person begins to emerge on the outside. This project offers women a common ground to go beyond not just the physical, but to their core, emotionally, through their own bodies.

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler, Surprised Survival/Ablutions, each piece available individually. Signed limited editions, archival inkjet prints on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

What is the catalyst behind your “Surprised Survival” series?

SB: I have documented my highly personal struggle with a life-threatening illness. I have been in a continuous battle with a body that I feel has relentlessly betrayed me. The work is my reaction to a hard process and difficult situation. For this series I developed a specialized technique using digital photographs and changing ink on paper.

What do you hope to achieve in this series?

SB:  I view the artistic process as a liberating, creative journey of pure human expression. They are my memento mori. They are also my desire and hope for what can exist in the face of the ever-present looming uncertainty. It is my aspiration that these personal images can be a shared healing for myself and for others.

Susanne Buckler
Disposables/Flight. Signed limited editions, archival inkjet print on paper, 17” x 22”.

What inspired your “Disposables” series?

SB: Disposables, focuses on objects that are considered waste in our culture (plastic containers or toilet paper). In these compositions, I create intimate visual relationships with these un-treasured objects, emphasizing their luminosity, opacity, tactile qualities and their sheer beauty.

I can see shapes, forms and colors worth documenting in the juxtaposition of common everyday things that we only use once or twice and then discard. Chinese food containers, plastic bags as well as straws are all seen through different eyes. By photographing these things all jumbled together, I have given them new life, meaning and purpose.

Susanne Buckler, Botanical 1, photograph.
Susanne Buckler, Botanical 1, photograph.

Do you have any other series?

SB: My ongoing “Botanical” series captures some flowers in a discrete moment in time. Then they are gone. They are as compelling and as fragile as the human body and Chinese Food Containers. The process of capturing them work to extend their lives and beauty.

What are some of your current/upcoming exhibitions?

SB: “Same But Different”, NYC4PA, NYC, NY (online exhibition and in a printed catalog); Neoteric Abstract IV, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY; “Boston Biennial 4”, Boston, MA; and of course HERStory 2016, Manhattan Arts International.

Visit Susanne Buckler’s website www.susannebuckler.com

HERStory Top Award Winners 2016

About HERStory 2016

“HERStory 2016” was an initiative to bring the art created by outstanding women artists to larger audiences and give them the recognition they deserve. This exhibition, which ran from March 20-May 20, 2016, featured 48 extraordinary women artists from around the world.

The top Award-Winners were  selected for their artistic excellence in their chosen mediums and for the insightful artist’s statements that accompanied their submissions. Additionally, each artist exemplifies a strong professional commitment to having produced a powerful body of work.

Learn more about Manhattan Arts International online exhibitions.

Susanne Buckler
Featured Artist Interview Award
First Place Special Recognition Cash Award

Susanne Buckler, Vagina Dialogs/ Love is More Important Than Sex/Triptych, Inkject on silk and paper, 17” x 22". Larger sizes available.
Susanne Buckler, Vagina Dialogs/ Love is More Important Than Sex/Triptych, Inkject on silk and paper, 17” x 22″. Larger sizes available.

I endeavor to empower and unite women of all ages and ethnicities by revealing them from both the inside and out. These images show stages of transformation from the real to the ethereal. My collaborations with the women I photograph and videotape establish a common ground between us in which to share what is often kept inside.
Visit Suzanne Bucklers page in the Artist Showcase Gallery.
Visit www.susannebuckler.com

Mary Lou Dauray
Second Place Special Recognition Cash Award

Mary Lou Dauray, Black Bird, acrylic, 24" x 24".
Mary Lou Dauray, Black Bird, acrylic, 24″ x 24″.

My art addresses my concern about climate destruction, air pollution and social injustice. Birds are dying and despair prevails among the 160,000 people forced to evacuate their homes in Fukushima, Japan. My new series is an interpretation of 30 million plastic bags stuffed with one ton of radioactive soil as the government is desperately trying to remove land contaminated by the nuclear meltdowns.
Visit Mary Lou Dauray’s page in the Artist Showcase Gallery.
Visit: www.maryloudauray.com

Dana Klein
Third Place Special Recognition Cash Award
Artist Showcase Award

Dana Klein, Hope, Photography, 16” x 24”.
Dana Klein, Hope, Photography, 24″ x 16” .

I have combined my love for art and passion for photography to create storytelling images with uplifting messages of hope, strength and resilience.   “Project SHINE” features breast cancer survivors and the important message they want to embrace and share with others.
Visit Dana Klein’s page in the Artist Showcase Gallery.
Visit: www.photographybydana.com

 

Art of Faces and Figures Teach Us About Ourselves

Extraordinary Women Artists Express Their Artistic Visions

Featured Artists Article by Renée Phillips

I doubt that we will ever lose our curiosity about human nature and forms. When viewing art of faces and figures we gain profound insight about ourselves and our place in the universe.

Metropolitan Museum

For example, I’ve been completely transformed while gazing up at the magnificent sculptures of figures by Rodin and Guidi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The powerful beauty expressed in each detail of the form transmits an undeniable force of energy and exaltation.

Like the great artists through history who have shared their visions of themselves and their perceptions of the world the following artists reveal so much about humanity through faces and figures. In honor of Women’s History Month I chose a few of the many extraordinary women artists from the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery. Please use the links to visit their pages and write your comments below.

Header image: Bea Doone-Merena, Vanessa Robar – Selfie, oil on canvas, 22” x 30”.

All rights reserved. Do not copy any images without the artists’ permission. Click on images for larger views.

Susanne Buckler

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler, Quote, photograph

Susanne Buckler uses photography, video and mixed media to creates series of art devoted to the human condition. In her “Surprised Survival” series she documented her personal struggle with a life-threatening illness and transformed her challenges into powerful healing works of art. Her newest series is titled “Vagina Dialogues”. She views the artistic process as a liberating, creative journey of pure human expression.   Visit Susanne Buckler’s page.

Bren Sibilsky

Bren Sibilsky, Sculptor
Bren Sibilsky, Aphrodite, clay for bronze, 67″ x 24″ x 20″

Bren Sibilsky is a self-proclaimed “seeker of truth and of our place in the universe.” In her style of classical representation with baroque undertones she has created an ongoing series of timeless mythological figures. Through sculpture she unveils a reality that transcends the physical properties of her forms and materials. She illuminates her subjects’ intrinsic idealized beauty, grandeur and magnificence.  Visit Bren Sibilsky’s page.

Barbara Rachko

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Epiphany, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Barbara Rachko is internationally recognized for her unique pastel-on-sandpaper paintings that are inspired by Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects. In her series titled “Black Paintings” we see an array of exotic and primitive masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys. She travels in search of figures that will later populate her pastel paintings and photographs.   Visit Barbara Rachko’s page.

Rose Adare

Rose Adare
Rose Adare

Rose Adare is a Classical Realist painter whose luminous paintings and powerful exhibitions provide a voice to important social concerns. Her compelling “Restraint & Revolution” series of portrait paintings communicate “the astounding diversity of life, and the arduous journey to free expression.” They pay homage to the many diverse and colorful subcultures of the 21st century. Visit Rose Adare’s page.

 Joanne St-Cyr

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Soeurs d’armes (Sisters in Arms), acrylic on board, 24” x 30”.

Joanne St-Cyr’s awe-inspiring allegorical paintings originate from her philosophy and life experiences. They communicate powerful and timeless truths about humanity. She applies the techniques of the Renaissance Masters and uses symbolism to represent various subjects in the guise of metaphorical references, a visionary state of mind, or an abstract concept. Visit Joanne St-Cyr’s page.

Bea Donne-Merena

Bea Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Vanessa Robar – Selfie, oil on canvas, 22” x 30”.

Bea Doone-Merena brings her innate sensitivity and fondness for her subjects to her portrait paintings and imbues them with a powerful life force. She has mastered the Renaissance oil painting techniques and combines them with an exuberant and bold contemporary style that reflects aspects of our current society.   Visit Bea Doone-Merena’s page.

Jill Pankey

Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.
Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.

Multi-award winning artist Jill Pankey explores body image in her paintings, often with a humorous flair, to accent observations or ideas about women. A masterful use of color, pattern, and movement bring a strong voice to her concepts. Her compositions encompass, as she explains, “an interaction with the figure in a variety of settings where the figure has no age.” Visit Jill Pankey’s page.

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Why Do Artists Create Art?

When choosing art to bring into our homes or offices it is often illuminating to know what compelled the artists to create it. What inspires them? What do they strive to communicate to us?

The answers we receive may add enormous pleasure to our viewing experience. For some artists it is equally important that their art provide a transformative experience for their viewer as well as for themselves.

Header image: Painting by Mary Lou Dauray

All rights reserved. Do not copy any images without the artist’s permission. Click on images for larger views.

Click on artists’ names to visit their pages on this website.

Keith Morant

Keith Morant, Gardening, mixed media on canvas, 55" x 55".
Keith Morant, Gardening, mixed media on canvas, 55″ x 55″.

“My art is always a journey of discovery into the essence of being. It is an effort to externalise the truth of my own existence on as many levels as possible and communicate a greater awareness of the quality of life. It is an attempt to generate enquiry into the greater spheres of understanding which lie beyond conventionalised intellection.”

“When I begin a painting I know that, apart from a strong urge to create and a highly developed instinctual direction with tools and materials, there can be no specific design or plan for the picture as a finished product.”

Elaine Franz Witten, sculptor
Elaine Franz Witten sculpture

Elaine Franz Witten

“My roots of inspiration are my life long love of nature, art and music. As a bronze sculptor, my primary focus is to distill my chosen subject matter into its ultimate expressive synthesis of beautiful form, gesture and spirit.”

 

Cherilyn SunRidge
Cherilyn SunRidge, Thunder Being Proves River Grass, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x24″x 1.5”.

Cherilyn SunRidge

“We must each hold a personal sacred hoop in our hearts, and we must each cultivate our Light-filled relationships in any arenas which beckon us. We must live like we matter, and my nature-spirit-art is a daily reminder of that.”

 

Elaine Hunter, Moon Cloud, photograph, 24 x 36
Elaine Hunter, Moon Cloud, photograph, 24 x 36

Elaine Hunter

“My goal is to uplift, inspire and support you on your journey through life. I wish to excite you as you gaze upon the images of Nature that I create. I feel that I am revealing the soul of Nature, and hope that you too, experience the love that I have in my heart for the world around me.”

 

Mary Lou Dauray
Mary Lou Dauray, Burning Blue, acrylic on paper, 22″ x x 30″.

Mary Lou Dauray

“The more I learn about coal the more I know that I need to use my art to bring attention to this serious pollution situation. My artwork is my voice. Intense alarm would be an understatement in trying to describe the feelings generated as I continue doing this series. I know that I need to use my art to bring attention to this serious pollution situation.”

 

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler, Surprised Survival/Ablutions, each piece available individually. Signed limited editions, archival inkjet prints on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

Susanne Buckler

“The images (in the ‘Survival Series’) capture me and the disease at discrete moments but they have been modified by my aesthetic process and by machines much like my own body. It is my aspiration that these personal images can be a shared healing for myself and for others.”

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