Artist Statement

Cells Painting

Cells

acrylic paint and medium on acrylic

25 x 15 inches – 2012

Paying homage to the curvilinear nature of organic forms, especially at the microscopic scale, is the main focus of my work. Repetition of these cell shapes and filaments creates the visual vocabulary that I explore. These abstracted motifs reference the simplest single-celled organisms. I admire the prevalence, perseverance, and resilience of microorganisms, the first forms of life on Earth. They reproduce quickly and readily adapt to changing conditions, often despite the best efforts of mankind to control and defeat them. Our existence is intimately entwined with their presence in our microbiome, and they will continue to thrive long after our species has disappeared from the Earth.

These curvilinear forms comprise most of the imagery in my work. But more inorganic lines, grids, and other manipulations of fluid color are also captivating, allowing further exploration along different visual paths.

Biography

self-portrait 1

Self-portrait

acrylic on wood

24 x 32 inches - 2005

Originally from Ohio, I have since lived on both coasts of the U.S. and currently reside in the Portland, OR area. I started quilting in the early 1980s and have been working off and on in fiber ever since. After learning the fundamental skills of quilt construction and how to dye and print my own cloth, I continued my art education at Portland Community College.

My work predominantly uses abstracted microbiological and cell imagery that ties into my background as a research scientist in the geological sciences. I am currently a member of the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild, High Fiber Diet, Surface Design Association, and TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List.

Group Exhibitions

2019 Contemporaneo: Exposicao Internacional de Arte Textil Contemporanea, venues in Brazil to be announced
2018-19 High Fiber Diet, #OMG That’s Fiber?, Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, OR; Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, OR; Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, OR; Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR; Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, Cannon Beach, OR
2018 Hook, Pulp, and Weave, Imogen Gallery, Astoria, OR
2018 Contemporaneo: Exposicao Internacional de Arte Textil Contemporanea, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Curitiba, Brazil
2017-18 High Fiber Diet, Heat Wave, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR; Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR; 2ndStory Gallery, Camas, WA; Rogue Gallery, Medford, OR; Manley Art Center, Brookings, OR; Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
2017 Hook, Pulp, and Weave, Imogen Gallery, Astoria, OR
2017 Around Oregon, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR
2017 Microbiomes: To See The Unseen, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR
2017 Patchwork Design, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, and Sao Paulo, Brazil
2016-17 High Fiber Diet, It's Not Easy Being Green, Visual Arts Center Gallery, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR; La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, La Conner, WA; Keizer Civic Center, Keizer, OR; Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, OR
2016-17 High Fiber Diet, Making Our Mark, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR; ArtReach Gallery, Portland, OR; Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, OR; Keizer Civic Center, Keizer, OR; Chessman Gallery, Lincoln City, OR
2016 Patchwork Design, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil
2015 High Fiber Diet, What's Blue to You?, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR; Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, Cannon Beach, OR; Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver, WA; Lower Columbia College Art Gallery, Longview, WA; Second Story Gallery/Camas Library, Camas, WA; Hillsboro Library, Hillsboro, OR
2012 Material Voices (small format quilts), The Ayer Lofts Gallery, Lowell, MA
2012 Student show, North View Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
2011 Face 2 Face, (portrait show), Portland, OR
2010 Paste-Up (small format collage), Arts League Lowell Arts Gallery, Lowell, MA
2008 Diverse Works (student work from Portland Community College), Littman Gallery Portland State University, Portland, OR
2007 Pacific International Quilt Show, Santa Clara, CA

Related Publications

Circone, Susan, “Fear and Panic in My Corner of the Art World.” Heart Cloth Quarterly, Summer 2006: 25-29. Print.

Circone, Susan, “A Scientific Approach.” Hand Eye Magazine, 13 Sep. 2018, handeyemagazine.com/content/scientific-approach.

Education

University of Vermont, B.S.; Princeton University, Ph.D.; Portland Community College