Susan Moss "Peace Pieces"
As part of the Getty Initiative Pacific Standard Time, Bleicher Galleries and Jeanie Madsen Gallery are pleased to present new paintings by Susan Moss ‘Peace Pieces.’ A long term breast cancer survivor, Moss is a strong advocate for women’s issues, health, and healing through her work. These new pieces are vibrant energetic responses to environmental and social issues, including her ‘Flame Pond’ work, a response to the Tsunami in Japan. Her use of texture and thick layers of overlapping lines create complex combinations of energy.
A series of health and life obstacles have stood in Moss’s path, only to be overcome with a new series of work. She began experimenting with spray paint in the 70’s creating large color-field works that gained her a reputation and collector base. Severe respiratory issues resulting from the spray led her to a new series using acrylic binding. The Black Forrest series, in memory to her grandparents who perished in concentration camps during WWII, was rescued from 3 studio fires. By far the biggest obstacle was cancer, which the artist incredibly fought without the use of modern medicine. She has now emerged with new works using non toxic paints including mediums of her own invention, giving the work a unique organic texture.
Moss’s paintings and drawings are held by public and private collections around the world, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Skirball Museum, Laguna Art Museum, and the Robert Rowan Collection. She was recently featured in the Getty publication, “LA RISING: SO CA Artists Before 1980.”