Susan Kattas’s collages appropriate and re-vision iconic works of art as well as original compositions.

Susan’s attentive eye for detail appears in her recreations of well-known art. Repurposed and recycled return address labels donated by acquaintances along with decals and commercial self-sticking media form the collage.

Enriching these pieces is Susan’s art history background the informs and offers knowledge about the artists’ personal techniques which she simulates such as impasto, carved marble, gold leaf, loomed weaving, and buon fresco. An example of wet plaster is viewed in My Angel: An Interpretation of Melozzo’s buon fresco (Watch YouTube).

Upon closer inspection of the collages, one views the added text, slogans, symbolic logos that expand the social and political commentary. The American Flag series suggests to be American is inclusive as tiny stickers represent all races and religions thus proclaiming to be American is to be inclusive.

Kattas’s latest work reaches around the globe to Xinjiang, China, an “autonomous region” a “non-Han” culture of ethnic minority people called the Uyghur. This current collage premiers in a January 2014 exhibition and promises to be a colorful and strong social/political statement.

David in progress

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David detail


Kattas’ acrylic stained canvases and acrylic washes on Fabriano cold press watercolor paper fundamentally focus on color and the energetic, gestural application of flowing pigment. Free flowing layers of transparency are achieved by suspending sloped, unprimed canvas to encourage the containers of paint to move as directed.

Influenced by the work of color field artists Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and abstract expressionist Jackson Pollack, Ms Kattas shapes colors complemented by the spontaneity of application. The video on this page demonstrates Kattas’s style.

In Kattas’ approach there is no pentimento, no repentance. The process is a dialogue between the artist and each stage of the results.