Meet Susan Lerner.
Susan Lerner is a New York City based contemporary hand-cut collage artist.
What’s your Artist Statement?
Collage Artist Susan Lerner is intrigued by the physical and metaphorical connection of the map. How a map both literally and figuratively connects us to a place or a time from the past and brings us to the present. Using vintage imagery and found photographs in her hand-cut collages, Susan conjures up nostalgia through location and memories. As a form of visual storytelling, Susan communicates her personal experiences by literally traveling down memory lane, uncovering hidden gems of our lives by carefully dissecting and removing "land" from the page. Like an archeologist, Susan tracks the winding paths of the map's topography gently digging into the layers and sediment to unearth what lies beneath, both physically and emotionally. The process of deconstructing the past helps to explore and understand ourselves and the possibilities for the future.
I was a part of the debut line of puzzles! They are such high quality, contemporary and beautiful puzzles that support emerging female artists and bring people joy. What could be better?
What are you most excited about in becoming a JIGGY Studio artist?
I am very excited to continue to be a part of the Jiggy Family. I love the idea of having my own shop and getting to share more of my collages in puzzle form.
What’s your puzzle strategy and ritual?
I love to put on a fluffy robe and comfy socks, pour myself a nice glass of wine and enjoy the puzzle process. My strategy always starts with the edges and then I try to make sense of the rest! I have to admit, it is addictive!
If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?!
The artist I have admired and considered an inspiration for my work is David Hockney. His polaroid collages are what made me start on my own collage journey. I would love to collaborate with him. What a hoot that would be!
Who's your dream guest for a dinner & puzzle party?
If I could invite a dream guest (dead or alive) for dinner and a puzzle, it would have to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What a conversation we could have!
Where can people find you?