A few years ago, expanding my repertoire of painting people , I decided to take up the traditional theme of the nude in landscape. My first point of interest was to treat this subject in a contemporary manner by using , for example, a more "photographic" technique of cropping in my compositions as well as strong contrasts of light and "snapshot" or random gestures more typical of photography than of painting. At the same time I am attempting to maintain a tie to the long tradition of the painted nude as an art form through my use of classical painting techniques.
The second and perhaps more important point of interest in persuing this theme is its relevance in our current de-humanized society. I am interested in drawing attention to our relationship to our own bodies in particular and to nature in general. The increasingly disturbed relationship between man and nature is at present what is behind the greatest threats to our well being, as well as our future existence. I have been quite surprised by many peoples discomfort with this work and I believe, considering the long history of the nude as an art form, that this discomfort reflects a lack of balance indicative of our times. I would like to encourage people to be aware of that lack of balance and discomfort and possibly to reflect on the causes of it.
Why must the people be nude? The main reason why I have stripped the people of their clothes is so that I may remove all social indicators such as status, culture, political positions, etc., and exclusively confront the human being in his essential animal form, where he is in fact closest to nature. Likewise I have stripped them of their civilized environment, house, furniture, car, etc. in favour of their original environment. Every article of clothing, accessory, object that we acquire as good consumers, contributes to our idea of identity which we use as a type of protection . Our " stuff " allows us to feel as if we were more than what we really are; mortals . While the stuff may distract us comfortably from our mortality it also defines and separates us from one another. It is the things that we all share, what we have in common, which bring us closer to one another, not our differences. What we all share is our physical presence on this earth, our mortality, and our collective consciousness. That is what I wish to focus on in my work.
Born in New York City, U.S.A.
Studied at New York University, N.Y. U.S.A.
Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Painting
Recipient ; SEHNAP Scholarship Award
Studied under: John Kacere, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Peter Campus
Employment at Sandro La Ferla Backdrops, Inc., New York City, U.S.A.
( Scenic and Mural Painting)
Self employment as scenic and mural artist, New York City,U.S.A.
Moved to Germany, Berlin
Self employment as scenic and mural artist, Berlin
Self employment as scenic and mural artist, Frankfurt am Main
Birth of daughter Lilian
Return to independent figurative painting and portraiture
Galerie Stephan Stumpf, „ Susannah Martin- Primordial Tourists „ München, Germany
Gallery Schiefenhöfel-Barthel, Eschborn, Deutschland
„Kinder und andere Menschen“, Portraits
Galerie Stephan Stumpf, „ Figurative Malerei“, München, Germany
Dacia Gallery „ Reflections“, New York, N.Y., USA
Project 30, February Exhibition
Monmouth Museum, “ 33rd Juried Competition”, New Jersey, USA
Infinity Gallery, “ Lay of the Land- the Terrain in the 21st Century”,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Galerie Fishpiece, Zürich, Switzerland
„Morgeluft und schöne Maitli“
Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, U.S.A.
“ NUDE 3”
Gallery Soft-Spot, New York, U.S.A.
“ Alive “
Galerie Marzia Frozen, Berlin, Germany
„ Groß Berlin – 2011“
ARTPARIS, Grand Palais, Paris
Saatchionline Top 128
Galerie Stephan Stumpf, München, Germany
“ Die Verführkraft schöner Kunst”
The Monmouth Museum, New Jersey, U.S.A.
“ 32nd Annual Exhibition”
Clatsop Art Center Gallery, Oregon, U.S.A.
“ Au Naturel – The Nude in the 21st Century”
Museo Civico di Alatri, Alatri, Italy
„ Contemporary Proposals for Young Collectors“
Künstlerverein Walkmühle,Wiesbaden, Germany
“in between-die Kunst, erwachsen zu werden”
The Hoyt National Drawing and Painting Show
The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Emerging Artists, Loeb Galleries, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Small Works, Juried Competition
Washington Square Galleries, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Awards and Prizes
2012 AW Year in Review International Competition, Finalist
2011 The Monmouth Museum, 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition
Juror: Marion Crzesiak, Director Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
1 Place Juror Award
2009 Artistwindow, Juried Competition „ Faces“, 1. Prize Winner
INDA 6, International Drawing Annual, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, USA
Masters of Realistic Imagery, Art Domain Verlag, Leizig, Germany
Best of Worldwide Portrait + Fugurative Artists Volume 2,
Kenndedy Publishing, Virginia, USA
Creative Quarterly-Journal of Art and Design- CQ 26, Charles Hively,
New York, USA
INPA, International Painting Annual, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, USA
SCOPE Art Fair, AW Year in Review 2011, New York, USA
Manifest Press, “ INPA 2, International Painting Annual”,
World Wide Art Books, „ International Contemporary Masters V“
Despina Tunberg, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Ulrich Goette Himmelblau, Art Domain Verlag, Leipzig, Germany
„Who´s Who in Visual Art – Vol 2012-2013 „
Saatchi Online Magazine, June
„Interview with Susannah Martin“
Express Cincinnati, “ Take it off `Nude´at Manifest Gallery”
Fran Watson, 10 September
Women Drawing Women, Online Exhibition, July
Architects and Artisans, “ Looking out for the Unknown Artist”,
J.Michael Welton, July
Manifest Press, “ Nude 3” Catalogue, September
Humanitari Magazine, “ Art of the Week by Susannah Martin”,
Leandro Sanchez, July 1
Erik Buchheister, Art Profil,
„Susannah Martin: Spiegelung des Menschen“ April
Alexandra Heil, AVA Magazine,
“ Interview mit Susannah Martin- Die Zukunft der Kunst” April
Kim Julia Fuge, Artist Window, Titel
“ Susannah Martin: Gewinnerin Faces Kunstwettbewerb” Oktober
Dr.Anja Cherdron-Modig, In Between, Die Kunst Erwachsen zu Werden,
Grit Weber, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,
„ In Between, Die Kunst Erwachsen zu Werden“, Mai 28
Ernst Wegener, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,
„Die Keltenfurst hält Wieder Hof, Schirn Kunsthalle“ re: Kulisse von Susannah Martin, Mai 19
Julie V.Iovine, New York Times,
“Bunnies are out, Biedermeier is in- New Masters of Mural Painting”
Selected Mural Projects
( see also www.martinbackdrops.de )
SEB Asset Management, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Commerzbank Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft mbH, Wiesbaden, Germany
Schufa AG, Wiesbaden, Germany
Bethmann Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Sparkassen Versicherung, Wiesbaden, Germany
Cafe Gallileo Galilea, Hofheim, Germany
Museum Höchst AG, Frankfurt, Germany
La Casa del Habano, Frankfurt, Germany
Märchenwelt Kinderzimmer, Frankfurt,Germany
Nardini Boutique, Berlin, Germany
Motorola GmbH,Taunusstein, Germany
Restaurant Stella del Mare, Königswinter, Germany
Restaurant Giardinetto, New York City, U.S.A.
Schmidt´s Papeterie, Frankfurt, Germany
Claudia Seltzer Haar Design, Frankfurt, Germany
Evangelische Mathäus Gemeinde, Rüsselsheim, Germany
M.Schultz Werbeagentur AG, Frankfurt,Germany
Restaurant Joe Champs, Frankfurt Germany
Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Bronfman, New York City, U.S.A.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Burden, New York City, U.S.A.
Mr. and Mrs. William Aeder, New York City, U.S.A.
Karin und Nils Thompson, Königstein, Germany
Norbert und Bettina Guthier, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Margarete Childs, New York City, U.S.A.
Selected Private Collections
Lina und Klaus Banke, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Janet and James Wilson, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Nicole und Henning Heuerding, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Simone Draxler, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Norah Burden, New York City, U.S.A.
Joshie Jamada, Tokyo, Japan
Cornelia Sengpiel und Hermann Prelle, Bad Soden, Germany
Alessandra und Patrick Hild, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Anke und Robert Koschitz, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Wibke Rumpf, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Cecile und Kevin McGowan, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Hemma und Roland Götz, Recklingsen, Germany
Ali und Suzanne Jafari, Frankfurt, Germany
Petra Isenbeck, Hamm, Germany
Selected Set Design Projects ( see also www.martinbackdrops.de)
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt,Germany
Madbox Filmtrick Gmbh, Frankfurt, Germany
Kleine Oper Bad Hamburg, Germany
Neue Sentimental Film GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt Film, Frankfurt, Germany
U5 Filmproduktion, Frankfurt, Germany
RTL, Hamburg, Germany
Der Spiegel, Hamburg, Germany
Bilfinger Berger, Mannheim, Germany
Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazine, Frankfurt, Germany
Blum und Ufer Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany
Ogilvy Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany
Michael Conrad und Leo Burnett, Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany
Young und Rubicam Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany
Wirz und Hafner Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany
B+B Promotions, Mannheim, Germany
Das Werk, Frankfurt, Germany
Das Projekt, Hofheim, Germany
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