Meeting Presentation: Susan Shie

June 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Michelle Browne

Susan Shie is an academically trained painter and lifelong sewer who has been making
unique and often whimsical painted quilts since 1980. Her quilts are in the collections
of the Museum of Arts & Design, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum,
and many important private collections, including the John M. Walsh III Collection of
Contemporary Art Quilts. Susan says that to her, art is next to godliness, and her work
shows her passionate belief in the spiritual importance of creativity in everyday life. Her
art is intensely personal; combining boldly outlined and colored paintings of herself
and her friends, family, and pets with images of everyday things like kitchen tools and
appliances, pies, vegetables and flowers, and references to peace, politics, and the
environment. She describes her art as “personal diary work,” and she fills in everything
she paints with detailed spontaneous handwritten diary entries that record whatever
she is thinking and feeling at the time. The diary writing, which Susan executes with an
AirPen®, adds yet another layer of texture and meaning to her complex work.