Susan Elias currently lives in Berlin
with her husband, artist Reinhard Voigt.
Her art has been exhibited in many solo
and group shows in the USA and Europe.
Elias received an MFA from Columbia University.
Her grants include the Tiffany Award, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, the Cité des Arts in Paris, Yaddo and Visiting Artist Residencies at the American Academy in Rome
Elias by Karen Yager
Through the off-center cache, a screen memory of history, a hint of Elias's Etruscan planes trees silhouetted in eternal calm; of rich sundrenched groves and the shadows of garden undergrowth and detritus, where the business at hand tumesces.
As well as animal as plant-spawn, helixes' mirror image and archive, with quirky self reliance and barely contained energy, the complex come-hither translucency of marine life, these breakthrough chordates with their tentative limbs and kneejoints and anklebones, their shuffle and vibration and sway, allude to and look toward the elegance of dance. One can feel the unruly movements.
Elias's hieroglyphs and lean essentials trace an elegant language and play off a fine-boned and sophisticated artistic sensibility. Her visual and cultural referents cold chart both Chinese calligraphy and Bill Traylor's compressed messages and indelible images.
Susan Elias's rich lines and pure shimmering colours tell an abstract story dense with compound emotions and formal codes, joyous, radiant, redolent, and simply beautiful.