Susan Adamé collages consist of contemporary abstract compositions suspended in rich pools of color and texture. From a distance you can see the strong abstract composition and up close you are engaged by the added depth from the underlying layers and textures. The collage is created on a watercolor painting on 300 lb. French Arches watercolor paper. The watercolor painting creates a feeling of movement that gives the art depth and dimension. Susan intends her work to have a positive influence in its environment. She uses elements that gives the work a feeling of grounding, unity and strength.
A love of paper is what drives my work. Handmade Japanese paper, along with treasured pages from old Japanese books. With their calligraphy, dust, and wormholes, they bring hidden stories with them. Although sometimes called paintings, my collage work includes neither paint nor ink. Just the colors and textures of the paper, accented here and there with single threads, gold leaf, or a piece of silk. Born on the East Coast, I've lived in London and Japan, and now work out of my studio in Mill Valley. I've had many solo and group shows, and my work appears in collections on both coasts and in London and Cornwall.
I have come to believe that it is through the process of acknowledging texture, recognizing it as evidence of the process of construction, that any object becomes unique, personalized and mysterious, revealing the secret of its individuality and defying categorization.
I create paper creatures - collage hybrids made up of insects, birds, shells, human bones, plants and fashion couture. These grotesque beauties are on display, often pinned to the canvas to be studied and critiqued. I cut out illustrations from vintage medical, science and natural history books. I also source images from my vast collection of Vogue magazines to create the "dresses" for the specimens. I work with tiny pieces of paper - beetle legs, birds' feet, lobster claws, butterfly wings, leaves and flower petals - to create intricate, strange creatures. Part science fiction, and part fairy story, these collages are like scientific records of my discoveries.