ARTIST/ WRITER

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I usually write in the morning, make art in the afternoon, and I’m of two minds about what to call myself. 

 

Based in Seattle, I create mixed media “relief paintings.” There is a false divide between art and science; both are essential to understanding what it is to be human. I find revelation in eloquent physical phenomena, and by this measure my work is dispassionate. Yet I am not. Art can illuminate what makes us feel intensely human. Tandem threads run through my recent work: awe for the moral foundation that makes us human, in tension with a Memento Mori fatalism. The stories are abstract and personal. Logical and emotional. A moment in lived experience, captured, like a Pompeii plaster figure.

 

I often work with lightweight concrete of my own design, embedded in fabric. Its unique “science experiment” qualities make this a compelling medium for expressing both left and right brain values. I relish the beauty and expressive potential in the rugged sculptural surface, the three-dimensional plane. The ephemeral becomes durable, abstract becomes concrete. 

 

I have studied creative non-fiction for the last several years with Hugo House teachers. My writing credentials include years of personal essays on subjects I know best—how to grow while growing older (boldtimer.com) and growing up Catholic in 1960s California—for sites including this one, and traverse.us.com (my site charting fourteen months spent exploring the country). I’m currently working on Retracing Grace, a memoir. 

> Exhibitions

> Professional background  

  • Su lives wand works in her studio in West Seattle, Washington 

  • Creative Mentor, Path With Art

  • Graphic designer for many years, CummingsCompany  

  • Recipient of hundreds of awards for brand, digital, print and environmental
    graphic design

  • Representative design publications: Communication Arts, AIGA, Print, How 

  • Past president, Seattle Women in Design (now AIGA Seattle)

  • Speaker and panelist at design and investor events 

 

> Education

Su Cummings holds a BFA from Washington State University

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