ARTISTS

SUSI KRAMER

Susi_Kramer, with steles acrylic glass,

Cheerful is likely the best description of Susi Kramer’s character, an attribute that the color, light and transparency of her work well reflect. And that cheerfulness is matched by an unbounded curiosity and interest in experimentation. Anyone visiting one of her exhibitions or atelier almost always discovers something new, whether in forms of composition or combinations of materials.

Susi Kramer developed her unique visual vocabulary of simplistic dots, spirals, colored spots, small figures, crowns, and angels that − much like pictograms − recur again and again in purely monochromatic, undiluted colors. She uses each motif individually, or combines them as points of color in wholly luminous paintings. Her palette not only recalls the French Mediterranean coast with its blue and turquoise tones of sky and sea, but also the orange and reds of the soil and clear summer colors in Southern France that have drawn generations of artists before her. It’s no surprise to find that Susi Kramer has a studio in a tower high above Cannes, and draws inspiration from those surroundings.

Of the various materials she uses, acrylic glass is the one she enjoys working with most. Having discovered it only some years ago, she has since made it the mainstay of her art. While initially, she simply cast single color fields and figures into acrylic glass objects, she began in short order to integrate many-layered surfaces into her pieces. That innovation enabled viewing straight through the piece and the generation of three-dimensional images that, depending on the light conditions and perspective, come to vibrant life. Her work becomes increasingly complex, as towering steles, friezes, and cubes are the matrix into which three-dimensional objects are embedded. Despite the artist’s increased demands on technology, production, and creative power, the works never forfeit any of their cheery playfulness, and the steles stand like proud pictogram-decorated obelisks in the

landscape. Susi Kramer is keenly interested in manufacturing technologies and experiments with forms and materials. Just so, a piece of fine tulle or organic materials – such as gold-painted boxwood twigs, small bones from a archeological dig, or autumn leaves – might suddenly appear in her vocabulary.