When: Saturday, May 25, 2013 8am to 3pm
Location: The Flea at the Downs
“The Sharp Edge of the Square”, featuring Susan Tierney
May 4, – May 20, 2012
Opening reception Friday May 4, 2012, 5:30-9:00
Appearing in The Art Den at Eggman and Walrus,130 W. Palace 2nd Fl.
(Birdland runs through May 20th E&W 1st Fl., and “The Funny Ones” runs through E&W 2nd Fl. Through May 20th)
Susan Tierney views her world as inherently untrustworthy. She perceives instability in the most benign situations, and her work wanders to the improbable, the worst, and the weirdest possibilities that exist on the edges of everyday moments. There is a constant anxiety that springs from such a darkly inclined overworking of the ordinary, but also insight as well. Spinning fictions, either in the corrupted recollection of past events or the projection of future outcomes, is as troublesome as it is enticing. Susan gets caught up in questioning truth in the familiar and unexceptional, latching onto things that aren’t quite right, brooding on their enigmatic nature. Susan’s work explores what might go wrong, what might be wrong already, or if this perceived instability is itself an illusion.
Susan Tierney lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she received her B.S. and MFA degrees in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She started her art career as a portrait commission artist and illustrator, and has worked as a freelance artist exploring issues of contemporary anxiety through figurative oil paintings since receiving her MFA in 2009. She is the new mother of a little girl, who she is slowing learning to balance in a baby carrier as she paints.