Artist StatementI am interested in the American propensity towards sameness, which contrasts with our historical desire to be recognized as individuals. I see the root of this tacit banality in the stale beauty of the midcentury. I am interested in the erosion of the populated American landscape and our nation’s evershifting cultural memory seen rotting today along highway corridors and in planned housing subdivisions. My work is about shared history and missed connections. I am fascinated by the stories we tell ourselves about America— our homegrown mythology. My work is research-based and multi-disciplinary. I collapse time through photography, mixed media and painting, making an examination of history through study of primary sources. I am inspired by deviations from the model: gaudy floral wallpaper intended to personalize, a splash of unexpected fresh paint, an improvised fence of diesel drums. I am a student of the school of the American hyperreal— our national conflation and acceptance of a symbol for the real thing. Living through the era of fake news Americans define ourselves by what we want to be true rather than reality. What does the promise of prosperity mean in a time when we know we can’t all have it?
Originally from Silicon Valley, California, and after 8 years in NYC, Suzy Kopf currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD where she is the Director of Sales and Distribution for BmoreArt, a regional arts publication and website. In addition to her own studio practice, Suzy also teaches watercolor painting and museum studies at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Anne Arundel Community College.
She completed her MFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons and a BA in Art History from Eugene Lang College. She is the recipient of residency fellowships including The Studios at Mass MoCA, Playa, VCCA, Byrdcliffe, Hambidge, Elsewhere and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. She has received a Design History Society Travel Grant as well as several research grants. She was the Denbo Fellow at Pyramid Atlantic in March of 2016. She was a Jordan Faye Contemporary Fellow for the 2016-7 season. In February 2019 she will be presenting on the topic of Teaching to Diverse Audiences at the College Art Association in New York.
She is the co-founder of the Gowanus Swim Society, a Brooklyn, NY based art collective. She recently completed a year long grant-funded project with the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. In 2019-2020 she will have solo shows at the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and IA &A At Hillyer in Washington, DC.