Susie Levin creates her work in an organized, planned way much like her past experience as a graphic designer. Colors and lines are balanced, yet there is a need to loosen things up a bit as opposed to years of masking off every detail. Even her painting technique is loose and sanded on black wood panels, compared to solid color over every inch of a canvas. Numbers are often times added, which bring to the piece that graphic visual element.
Levin's work incorporates wood sculptural pieces which sit within windows of the wood panels. These wood elements being cut, carved, drilled and dyed complete the architectural feel of the paintings. The wood carved pieces are a bit of an adventure, both in allowing Levin to work three dimensionally
and also to step away from her paints, easel and studio and work in her husband's studio full of power tools.
Levin's work is an ongoing process expanding from experience, and pushing her limits on each piece. She truly enjoys the challenge. She says "It's like taking a recipe, but never sticking to the exact ingredients."
Acrylic Painting, Mixed Media
East on Pearl, left on 55th
Behind the Baby Goat Coffee Shop