Susan Siegel (b. 1964, Los Angeles, California) creates multi-disciplinary work that engages our connection to the natural world. Siegel holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in New York City (2010) with an emphasis in traditional oil painting. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, including the Glass Gallery at Mana Contemporary, Sotheby’s and Flowers Gallery. Her work has been featured by New American Paintings, Hi-Fructose Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2012 Siegel was the recipient of a studio residency at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Recently she was awarded the Merit Award at the Silvermine Arts Center’s Paper 2019 exhibit curated by Jennifer Farrel, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Siegel lives and works in the Hudson Valley.
Susan Siegel’s paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures contemplate the connectedness between humans and nature through themes of disintegration, impermanence and metamorphosis. In all her work, she fixates on blurring the boundaries between humans and animals. Siegel’s recent work explores printmaking materials and methods in a series of loosely rendered animals. Here she searches for a state of flux, gesture, and form which ultimately explores the liminal state between man and nature. Through etching and drypoint she moves between aggressive and delicate line work as the image emerges. In her paintings, she reimagines the family portrait. Mythology, medieval bestiaries and 18th century natural histories influence her traditional portraits featuring hybrid creatures.