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Susanna Fields-Kuehl

Susanna Fields-Kuehl

Artist Work

Tree of Life
2015
acrylic, watercolor, india ink
18 x 24
The Girl Who Lived in a Lotus I
2014
acrylic, watercolor, India ink
12 x 12
The Girl Who Lived in a Lotus II
2015
acrylic, watercolor, India ink
12 x 12
The Girl Who Lived in a Lotus III
2015
acrylic, watercolor, India ink
12 x 12
The Girl Who Lived in a Lotus V
2015
acrylic, watercolor, India ink
12 x 12
The Girl Who Lived in a Lotus XIII
2015
acrylic, watercolor, India ink
12 x 12

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

By the age of 11, I had written and illustrated over a dozen books. I've always loved marrying text and image in a narrative format to tell stories from my rich inner life as an only child. I never get bored. Instead, I'm always seeking to transform the depths of everyday experiences into worlds full of beauty and opportunity. I find my joy in painting and peace in applying thread to needle. Currently, I am writing and illustrating a children's book that explores creating art in many forms as a way to deal with childhood depression.

Artist Bio

After completing a BA in studio art and psychology from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD in 2004, I studied at the Vijnana Kala Vedi School of Traditional Art in Kerala, India. There I learned traditional mural painting, illustrations of Hindu mythology seen in temples and palaces. I continue to develop this technique to tell my own stories.

In 2009, while studying textiles for my History of Decorative Arts master’s degree through the Smithsonian Associates/Corcoran College of Art + Design, I began training in traditional Japanese embroidery. Having learned to quilt and sew at the age of ten, I expanded my textile techniques through the study of Nuido, the way of embroidery, and found my own voice in the media. I also experiment with intersections of paint and textile media in various two- and three-dimensional forms, including—but not limited to—quilting, embroidery, appliqué, knitting, wire sculpting, and found objects.

I have worked at an art therapy institute, taught art to children ages 3-16, designed graphics and created illustrations for a series of educational journals, and researched, wrote, and illustrated publications for families and teachers for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Currently, I am the Assistant Director at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD where I seek to make the process of creating and appreciating art accessible to all. I create and live in Riverdale, MD with my husband Duane Fields-Kuehl, founding director of ArtSí Riverdale, and four cats.