SUSAN AMORDE ~ My practice explores the human form and emotions as we navigate life’s challenges. Working in an expressionistic style, I primarily work in clay, wax, plaster, bronze, and have been working more and more with mixed media. I usually sculpt the figure from live models, but also use photographic and other references. Sculpting more traditional representations of the figure and portraiture are also of interest to me.
The series, “Baggage”, is a personal and societal examination of the universal themes associated with how what we carry around impacts our identity. Apart from the literal meaning of “baggage”, everyone carries with them baggage in the figurative, emotional or metaphysical sense. My work investigates how such baggage is perceived, how it feels, and how it impacts the living of our lives, as well as society as a whole. I sculpt figures and portraits in bronze or terracotta, and integrate them with sculpted or real suitcases, suitcase parts, and other mixed media. More recent works in the series are larger installation of suitcases, found objects, and some include water. Future projects will include installations with multi-media elements of found objects, audio and video.
There is also an element of whimsy in some of my work, such as in “Maura”, and The “Dick and Jane” series explores relationships through irony.
I am drawn to sculpting the human form in narratives about challenges and mysteries in life. Equally appealing to me are portraits and studies of the figure that are celebrations of individuality. For me, sculpting people and their “baggage” provides me with an endlessly fascinating journey of creative expression.
Susan Amorde’s, upcoming exhibitions
DAB Art Ventura
the HUD Gallery
1793 East Main Street
Ventura, California 93001
August 7th to August 30th
Opening reception: August 7th
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
July 26th to September 20th
Opening Reception July 26, 2 to 5 pm
Awards Announced July 26 at 3 pm
The Glendale College Art Gallery
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale Ca 91208
Waterworks II (traveling from Porch Gallery, Ojai)
September 20th to October 1st
California Sculpture SLAM
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
September 25 to November 15
September 26, 3:30–5:30 pm
Susan Amorde is a figure sculptor and installation artist who uses an expressive and often whimsical style to explore the human form and emotions with both personal and universal themes, such as: literal, figurative and emotional “baggage”; interpersonal relationships; identity and body image. For her figurative work she primarily works from live models in terra cotta, wax, bronze, and mix media, and her installations are created from found objects and mixed media. Born in Washington, D.C., Susan grew up in Los Angeles, and has a BFA from California State University, Long Beach. Her sculpture is exhibited in local and national exhibitions, and is in private collections across the country. Susan currently lives in Los Angeles and her studio is at 1019West in Inglewood. She can be found on the web at http://www.susanamorde.com.