the silence of the ordinary, SUSANNE MITCHELL

The Silence of the Ordinary  

featuring new work by Susanne Mitchell

April 17 - May 23, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, 6-9pm


Mai Wyn Fine Art is proud to present a solo exhibition of exciting new work by Denver artist Susanne Mitchell. In The Silence of the Ordinary Mitchell addresses cross cultural issues in an extraordinary presentation of large mixed media paintings. Please join the gallery and meet the artist at the Opening Reception: Friday, April 17th from 6-9pm.

The Silence of the Ordinary is a series of new paintings by Susanne Mitchell created during a recent six-month artist residency at Greatmore Studios in South Africa. The work draws from her life experiences and surroundings in her studio location in Cape Town to explore social systems and power dynamics relating to race, class and gender in post-Apartheid South Africa. The works combine found images, staged portraits, wallpaper, stenciled lace patterns and oil on canvas, which become a lexicon of signifiers that reference history, race, class, family systems, home, colonialism and globalization.  Through marriage and motherhood Mitchell was united with a Malawian family, and since 1994 her work has been informed and inspired by her experience traversing continents and cultures between South East Africa and the United States. 

Susanne Mitchell (Born 1973, New York) received a BFA in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver and as a Lecturer of Art at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles), the Academy of San Carlos (Mexico City), the National University of Colombia (Medellín, Colombia) and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing, China).  

Mitchell received Best of Show in Mai Wyn Fine Art’s Annual Juried Exhibition last summer, earning her the solo. Visit the "call for entry" tab for more information about this year’s juried exhibition.

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