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SUSAN TRACHMAN

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Post invite, 2013 Digital Collage 24"x14 © Susan B. Trachman
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Flowers, 2012 Digital Photo Collage 90" X 16" © Susan B. Trachman
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Order 1, 2009 Mixed 14" X 11" © Susan B. Trachman
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Order 2, 2009 Mixed 14" X 11" © Susan B. Trachman
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Order 3, 2009 Mixed 14" X 11" © Susan B. Trachman
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Balance , 2010 Mobile 20" X 55" © Susan B. Trachman
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Living Color 1, 2, 3 ,4 - My Psychedelic Brain , 2013 MRI Scans Digitally Enhanced, Printed on Backlit Film and Mounted on X-ray View Boxes 14 X 17 Each
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Chaos, 2013 Polyester Resin and Glass Medicine Bottles 14" X 14" X 12"
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"Java Chip" (Sharpes), 2013 120 Sharpes Containers 132" X 32"
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Los Angeles, CA
Birth year
1961
Lives in
LOS ANGELES, CA
Works in
LOS ANGELES, CA
Schools
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1984, BA DESIGN
Tags
medical art, mixed-media, digital, conceptual
Artist Statement

 

Susan B. Trachman

Patient/Artist

                   

I have loved art since pre-school.  I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when I was 26. Am I a patient with a chronic illness? Yes. Am I an artist or just someone who needed a creative outlet to express my emotions? I don’t know.

From my very first daily injection of Copaxone, I started saving the silver capped caramel colored vials of the medication and the crystal clear vials of saline solution that I had to mix it with.  I was determined to make something out of this nightly ordeal. It would be many years before I physically started my art, but it was always on my mind.

The making of my art was cathartic, creative and exhilarating. It was freeing. I had CONTROL, something that over time I have very little of, especially as it relates to my body.

My artistic journey like my physical and emotional journey was not preplanned.  It had no context, I had no agenda. My core pieces; “Order”,” Balance”, “Chaos” and “Flowers” were not intended to tell a story. They were simply expressions of emotions or aspirations, snapshots at given points in time.  These snapshots captured my need to create structure and predictability (“Order”), my need to find my point of equilibrium both physically and figuratively (“Balance”), my need to learn to cope with the unmanageable (“Chaos”), and my need to learn to accept what I could no longer do and my need to be grateful for what I could do (“Flowers”).

Like my MS, these snapshots are not predictable. They are NOT in order. They ebb and they flow.

The only thing that I can control is my outlook and I am committed to keeping my resentments in check and keeping my gratefulness for what I can do at the forefront of my life. I do not take anything for granted.

My journey remains unpredictable, but expressing myself through my art will continue.

Exhibited at these venues
SUSAN TRACHMAN has Exhibited at these venues: