2020 Distant Romance, 22x25 inches, pastel, mixed media.
Artist Suzanne Klotz has been working on paper and canvas with beading and embroidery since childhood. “I like to deny the reality of the surfaces by making hard surfaces look soft, and soft surfaces hard,” she says. “The beads and thread create a three dimensional, tactile surface.” Suzanne's inspiration - “Each piece encapsulates the feeling of an experience or a moment in time.”
Suzanne works all the time and always has. She loves her work, but in addition, each of her tapestry-paintings takes years to complete, even the long, narrow works. Suzanne hand sews the millions of beads – made of Venetian glass, brass, shell, gemstone, brass, crystal and silver - and she paints and hand-embroiders her patterns through the heaviest canvas available.
The creative process and product are invested with the power to elevate consciousness, encourage investigation of truth and unify the world society.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Secondary Teaching Certification, and Master of Fine Arts Degree. Awards include 2013-14 Bi-National Fulbright Scholar Award, Jordan; AZ Governor’s Awards - for Women Who Create and Educate, and for Public Art; and Texas Tech University’s Most Outstanding Alumni. Grants include a Rauschenberg Foundation Grant, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York Artists Fellowships, a Puffin Foundation Grant, and NEA Artist Grants. 18 years in higher education as Associate Professor in visiting artist and full time faculty appointments, plus public school teacher in art and substitute in special education grades 1-12 (Baldwin, Kansas and Boston, Massachusetts). Art exhibitions and youth art programs throughout the US, in Taiwan, West Africa, South Australia, Palestine, and Jordan. More than 350 exhibitions across the world, and in museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, D.C.
Studio: 1750 W. Nido Ave., Mesa, AZ 85202
Suzanne Klotz is an artist. She has instituted multi-cultural art programs, workshops, and exhibitions in South Australia, West Africa, Mexico, Taiwan, Israel, Palestine, and in numerous states in the United States.