Susan R. Kirshenbaum

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Pacific Felt Factory
2830 20th Street Room #Community space, ground floor rear
San Francisco, CA 94110

I start with a digital canvas that I paint or collage with my photography. Working from a nude model, I add life drawings. When I finish a piece I either output the work onto fabric, paper, or another substrate, or show it as a digital work of art on a monitor. I use a life-size scale and soft-to-the touch fabrics. I make small editions on white silk, which hang just a bit away from a wall. These ethereal figures flutter in a breeze so that they come to life. This creates an experience around the images which resembles a room full of naked women. My standing soft sculptures are made of digitally printed stretch fabric sewn and stuffed. My monolithic sheer hangings are meant to hang from the rafters; to overlap and create color shifts; to allow light to pass through; and to be seen from both sides. My style is graphic, sensual, and fluid. My work conveys my feminist agenda. The figures feel intimate, natural, and personal. These are powerful people. My women come across as strong, decisive, confident, and unique individuals – this is my underlying narrative.