Susan Else

126 Escalona Drive
Santa Cruz, CA1
95060 US


Artist Information for Susan Else

Mechanized Fiber and Figurative Sculpture

I treat cloth not as a flat surface but as a wild flexible skin for three-dimensional objects.  My work has developed in tandem with the art quilt movement, but I am one of the few artists making figurative sculpture in this medium. My current work often incorporates sound, light, and motors. I use cloth to create an alternate universe, and the resulting work is full of contradictions:  it is whimsical, edgy, mundane, surreal, and engaging, all at once.  Each piece tells a story, but the narrative is always open to interpretation.  The power and beauty of the patterned cloth surface play off the form and content of the work, and the result is a dynamic seesaw of meanings and possibilities.

I started this work in 1998, when I added 3D elements to a flat art quilt. I have shown nationally and internationally since then, and I teach at art centers, museums, conferences, and fiber guilds across the U.S. 

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Hard Times

Hard Times15 x 35 x 20   Photo by Marty McGillivray

Forever Yours

Forever Yours26" x 13" x 14"   Photo by Marty McGillivray

Chasing a Dream

Chasing a Dream28 x 28 x 16   Photo by Marty McGillivray

Family Life

Family Life38 x 20 x 20   Photo by Marty McGillivray


Jenga21 x 14 x 11   Photo by Marty McGillivray