FREAK OUT!! Suzy Smith
Tell us about your current series.
My current series of work focuses on the female figure in front of an iconic artwork, which allows me to not only pay homage to my favorite artists, but to paint in different styles, contrasting figures with background. It may be that the background is painted with thick paint that allows for a difference in textures, or it may be that a complex, or organic design adds to the sensuality or spirituality of the painting. I have been concentrating on using Pop Art as my backgrounds, but have also incorporated silver and gold leaf to the canvas, to enhance the richness of the pieces. I thought the silver would especially lend itself well to a Disco theme.
What do you remember about the disco era?
The 70's were a great time in my life! I graduated high school, got married, had my children, and started college, all within a few years. I was actually living in my hometown in WY, and pretty much missed the Disco scene, except for watching "Saturday Night Fever", which set the tone of the time, and era. We heard about Studio 54, and were aware of what was going on in bigger cities, but it didn't affect my daily life, except for the music.
Tell us about the work you have submitted for the show.
When I heard about the Disco show, I was very excited to set up a Disco photo shoot! I bought all kinds of "disco" clothing, and took many photos of my models wearing various outfits, and skating, but in the end I decided on less nudity, and more of a subtle take on Disco, or Roller Disco. I wanted to come up with something that would not look dated, and fit into today's culture, as well as the 1970's Disco era. Adding the silver leaf to the background was a bonus to me, because I felt like it made the painting Disco!
Do you listen to music while you work?
I always listen to something while I paint. Sometimes music, sometimes books on tape, and sometimes television. Lately I have been watching/listening to movies on Netflix.
What are your thought on the current art market?
My work continues to sell, and I am having more opportunities to show in different venues, that I am very excited about. There is always a shift going on in an artist's head, thinking ahead to the next work, always trying to stay current, and find a way to paint what you love.
Which collections would you like to see your work in?
I am most happy to have my work purchased by anyone who is really passionate about it!