Description Title: Im Over ItSeries: Silent Women - 1920s Film StarsMaterials: Acrylic on Canvas originallyDescription: This acrylic painting was inspired by the likeness of 1920s film star Louise Brooks. I find her inspiring because she is an icon of the silent film era with her signature bob hair cut and dark smirk. She described herself as a sexually liberated woman and even posed fully nude in photographs. She refused to be pushed around by the studios when they wanted her to join the talkies and redub a role. She was then unofficially blacklisted from Hollywood. This painting emphasizes her resistance to change with her skintone being grayscale and the background pastel and bright. She ended up retiring young from Hollywood.
Susan Shiney, New York, NY Member Since September 2013 Artist Statement Susan Shiney is an expressionist artist that focuses on portraits. She believes every face tells a unique story. She does not capture the essence of the subject, however she invokes a story on their image that she wants to express.
Susan loves color and uses a loose brushwork style that gives preference to color rather than representation. She utilizes the rapid work of Impressionism with the angst of Expressionism.
She focuses her work in series of ten. Each image in the series works together to communicate a message or exploration of a subject as a whole. While each piece can stand alone as a story, it also works within the series as a piece within the larger message.
Susan has degrees in Anthropology and Art History. Travel and culture have affected her deeply and influence her perspectives on life. While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh, Susan became more focused on social justice issues and the empowerment of women. The history of art and the study of famous artists is her passion.
Susan has been drawing and painting since she was a child. She has taken art classes throughout her life in various forms, to say she is completely self-taught would be in correct.
Susan decided to make her artist’s dreams come true after completing the 500-mile Santiago de Compostela walking pilgrimage in Spain in the August of 2012.
She works in watercolors, acrylics, and oils in her study of faces in all forms.