Susan York


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My primary questions are rooted in the transition between 2D and 3D: When does one state become the other? How do I “take apart” a solid form and render it flat? How do I take a flat shape and make it 3-dimensional?
—Susan York

In a 2004 review in Art in America, Sarah S. King wrote that Susan York’s “striking body of work and systematic methods . . . adroitly provoke tensions between space and form.” York's site-sensitive installations of graphite forms, both sculpted and drawn, engage the existing architectures of a chosen site: a room, a wall, or a piece of paper. Her studies in graphite celebrate nuance, with subtle irregularities interrupting otherwise austere geometric forms and producing results that are perhaps more felt than seen.

York earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.

The artist's work can be found in numerous public and foundation collections in the US and abroad, including:
Albuquerque Museum, NM; Bronx Museum of Arts, NY; Lannan Foundation, Marfa, TX and Santa Fe, NM; Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; The Panza Collection, Lugano, Switzerland; and Stedejlijk Museum - s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.


Three floating columns of graphite in a white room. The two in the corners are half the height of the wall and the one in the center hangs from the ceiling to just above the floor.