Susan Tabachnick

Artist Statement

I make things out of found objects, both sculptural and functional. My work is about connections and the partnering of disparate objects. I’ve always been attracted to the idea that everything has a history. I may not know what it is, but it brings a patina, a fingerprint of its past life to my work table. When the histories of these objects are joined, an unexpected piece of work comes forth. I’m attracted to items, well crafted, once essential and necessary with a particular purpose.

    

My Process

My works of art begin with an object that I am attracted to rather than a fixed idea of something that I want to build. As the pieces come together – they are never altered in any way – a new “life” is resurrected from a previous one. Importantly, the process requires that all the parts balance as the construction evolves; this drives the flexibility and fluidity of finding just the right part. The great majority of my work is made from wood and metal objects.

    

About Me

I learned to embroider when I was a little girl. Later came sewing, knitting, crocheting and weaving. Textile arts taught me to appreciate the finest details, that how the back side looked was as important as the front. That being a perfectionist was a curse.

I sometimes explore options to a point of overload, where making a decision waits for clarity, or not at all. When something feels right, it’s right. And when it doesn’t, it’s not.

Education

B.S. Southern Connecticut State College, New Haven, CT

Private lessons with master weaver Lucille Landis

Yestermorrow Design Build School, Warren, VT

 

Solo Exhibitions

2012:  Stuff, Pious Bird of Good Omen, Fairfield, CT

2014:  The Lost & Found Circus: A Creative Balancing Act, The Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT

2015:  Music - Art - Nature, Treetops Chamber Music Society, Stamford, CT

2015:  Assemblages, Pious Bird of Good Omen, Bridgeport, CT

 

Group Exhibitions

2009:  4th Annual Members’ Show, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2009:  This and That, The Art of Collage, Assemblage & Found Objects, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2010:  Recycled, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2011:  Grand Opening, City Lights West, Westport, CT

2015:  On and Off the Wall, M.A.W. Fairfield Group Show, Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield, CT

2016:  Parts is Parts: Assemblage & Collage, The Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, CT

2016:  Lost + Found, 2016 Annual Juried Exhibition, Loft Artists Association, Stamford, CT. Juror: Larissa Bailiff, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

2017:  305: Revitalized, 305 Knowlton, Bridgeport, CT

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

2019:  SAMESEX, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT. July 18-August 30.

2019:  Artifacts, River Road Gallery, Wilton, CT. October 1-31.

Contact Me

203-368-9046

Susan
Tabachnick

 © 2019 Susan Tabachnick

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