Friday, December 04, 2009

Another newspaper article and another In Box

(Above: In Box LVIII, detail. Click on image to enlarge.)

I found another article about Blues Chapel. This one appears in the Denton Record Chronicle. The actual article is HERE! I've copied the article below. Reading how others describe my work is a thrill. It makes me think....consider new ways of looking at art, even my own. The feedback enriches my emotional experience as an THANK every one who has sent and email, written a comment, and looked at my work in person or through this blog. This is providing a mental dialogue that will deepen my abilities to make significant art.

Also, I finished another piece for the Grovewood Gallery....just in time to go to Asheville later in the day!

(Above: In Box LVIII. Approximately 25" x 15" unframed. 35 1/2" x 23 1/2" framed. Polyester stretch velvets on acrylic felt. Free motion machine embroidery. Melting. Click on image to enlarge.)

Forgotten voices
Multimedia artist devotes exhibition to blueswomen

01:22 AM CST on Thursday, December 3, 2009

Artist Susan Lenz’s “Blues Chapel” is a tribute to African-American women who rivaled bluesmen in talent. It’s also a tenacious exploration of another craft still pushed to the margin because largely female hands make it: fiber art.

Lenz’s exhibit, now showing in the Gough Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts, is by turns funny, sad, devotional and defiant.

Lenz uses found objects in her work, which looks like it was created through a hybrid of quilting, lace-making and hand-dyeing.

It’s through the coincidental nature of the found objects that Lenz teaches a cheeky lesson about obscurity, and how women who should have found great fame — the inimitable Ma Rainey, Nina Simone and Ethel Waters — didn’t.

The faces of these singers are in a lot of the work, some of which recalls Orthodox Christian icons.

Meanwhile, Tapestry in Blue honors 24 early female blues singers by depicting them as martyrs, in prints pieced together as a traditional block quilt. Beneath the tapestry are wooden offering plates filled with vinyl records, empty blue wine bottles and blackened roses.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 8. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The arts center, at 400 E. Hickory St., will be closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 28, Dec. 31 and Jan 1.

For more information, or to arrange docent tours, call 940-382-2787 or visit

“Storybook Quilts,” an exhibit of work by members of the Denton Quilt Guild, runs through Jan. 8 in the Meadows Gallery at the center.

— Lucinda Breeding


Judy Hartman said...

I am new to your blog, and am in AWE of your work!!
I will be a daily reader from now on.

Threadhead said...

Susan, these pieces are fabulous!happy to hear the great news!

Connie said...

Susan, I'm back from traveling and posted about your show on my Blog. Thank you again for your work and gracious sharing. It was a joy to meet you in person.

Wanda said...

Blues Chapel is getting great press and wonderful personal interpretation (is that spelled right? lol) I can see how hearing about your work is a different experience. Great job

doni jordan said...

Susan, congratulations on the success of your Blues Chapel exhibition! I can't wait until it opens in Columbia.